MLB Rumors: Cubs, Phillies, Cardinals, More Teams Interested in Kolten Wong

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJanuary 27, 2021

St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong gets a lead off second during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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At least six MLB teams have checked in on free-agent second baseman Kolten Wong, per Jon Morosi of Fox Sports and MLB Network.

That group includes the St. Louis Cardinals, for whom Wong played from 2013 to 2020. The Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies are also in the mix.

Wong, 30, has won back-to-back Gold Gloves. He hit .265 (.675 OPS) with one home run and 16 RBI last year for the Cardinals, who finished with a winning record for the 13th straight season.

Wong excelled in 2019 as well with 11 home runs, 59 RBI, 24 stolen bases, a .285 batting average and a .784 OPS. The stolen base and batting average marks are career-highs.

Wong ranks 26th on FanGraphs' list of top 50 free agents, with the writer, Craig Edwards, predicting that the second baseman will eventually land a two-year, $15 million deal.

He'd be a good fit on any of the teams Morosi mentioned, with John Trupin of Lookout Landing explaining why the Mariners would work, for instance:

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Dan Buffa noted that a return to the Redbirds would also benefit the Cardinals:

St. Louis notably declined Wong's $12.5 million option for the 2021 season in October, buying him out for $1 million and making him a free agent.

The reported interest in Wong comes amid reports of multiple infielders landing with new teams, including Tommy La Stella and the San Francisco Giants, Andrelton Simmons and the Minnesota Twins and Freddy Galvis and the Baltimore Orioles.