Brewers Reportedly Signing Second Baseman Kolten Wong to a Multiyear Deal (UPDATES)

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Brewers Reportedly Signing Second Baseman Kolten Wong to a Multiyear Deal (UPDATES)

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I do not like the sound of this rumor one bit. At this stage of the offseason, when guys are signing relatively quickly without a lot of build-up on the rumor mill, I see something like this and I get nervous that it actually IS close. [UPDATES BELOW. It was indeed close.]

The Brewers and Kolten Wong:

As we’ve said, Wong is one of the best free agents left on the market for a team like the Cubs, as he would provide a high-contact bat, quality production at least against righties, and an elite glove at second base (which could disproportionately help a Cubs pitching staff that might need it). So, yeah, it would really sting to see the Brewers land him instead.

The Brewers have done bupkis this offseason despite a very winnable NL Central, so it wouldn’t shock me to see them finally spend some money. I guess the thinking here would be that Keston Hiura moves to a corner infield spot? Because you aren’t signing Wong to play anywhere but second base, where he’s probably the best in the game right now.

Wong is a free agent by virtue of having his $12.5 million option semi-surprisingly declined by the Cardinals, and it is often the case in these situations that a player and his agent really try to get a deal near that level. It’s long been unclear whether the Cubs had $10+ million to spend on Wong, though they’ve loosely been attached in rumors (and again, the fit is obvious).

UPDATE: I’m just saying, you don’t usually see this kind of confirmation unless the talks are very real:

UPDATE 2: So real that a deal is happening:

Interesting that Wong is going for a multi-year deal at this point, bucking the trend of pretty much everyone else in his tier of free agency signing a one-year deal. A multi-year Wong is slightly less attractive to the Cubs (regardless of money) than a one-year deal, given the presence of Nico Hoerner (we like him long-term – we just want him to get some development time).

UPDATE 3: … but it’s only two years, and dang that’s so cheap:

Welp. On to discussing the remaining options on the market again.


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