Trade Kolten Wong beer to sailors for Jesse Winker
The Mariners and Brewers both announced a trade for a second baseman Colton Wong And cash considerations from Milwaukee to Seattle vs. an outfielder Jesse Winker and player Abraham Thor. The Brewers are said to be sending about $1.75 million to the Mariners, making this a neutral cash trade.
The 32-year-old Wong deserves a $10 million salary after the Brewers exercised a club option on him after the season. He will be a free agent next winter. Winker, meanwhile, owes $8.25 million in 2023 after striking a two-year deal covering last year’s final arbitration seasons. Like Wong, he was awarded a free agency ticket the next winter. Toro, on the other hand, is not yet arbitration-eligible and could be controlled for four more seasons.
Wong was a natural target for the Mariners, given their lack of a clear starter at second base and their desire to add some balance to a lineup that skews slightly right-handed. M will give M a steady presence, perhaps at the helm of the lineup, in the wake of the two best offensive seasons of his career. During his two years at Brewer, Wong snapped a total of .262/.337/.439 with 29 home runs, 56 doubles, six triples and 29 steals.
With the Brewers, Wong apparently made a concerted effort to start lifting the ball with more hesitation. The ground ball average, which had been around 47% in St. Louis, has fallen to a low of 41.8% over the past season, and Wong has made notable gains in both his ground ball driving average and especially his volley rate as a catcher. Brewers member. As one would expect, the number of balls in the air also increased Wong’s energy output. His 177 ISO (sluggling percentage minus batting average) in two years with the Brewers was well above the . 123 mark he held in parts of eight seasons with the Cardinals.
On the defensive side of the game, the 2022 season has been strange and scary for Wong. Usually one of the best defenders in the game at his position, Wong committed an astounding 17 errors – more than he had in the previous three seasons combined. When his option was selected, Wong told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Todd Roziak that his legs weren’t healthy in 2022, which he felt contributed to his surprising defensive shortcomings (Twitter links). Wong missed time in June with a calf strain that sent him to the injured list, and it’s certainly plausible that his legs cost him some of his typical defensive edge.
It was a similar tale for Winker in 2022, as injuries affected his production in what will now turn out to be his only season as a starter. obtained side by side Eugene Suarez In the trade you sent a promotion opportunity Brandon Williamsona defensive player Jake Fraley And right Justin Dunn For Cincinnati, Winker had (perhaps literally) the weakest offensive season of his career before he had left knee surgery and a second procedure to address a bulging disc in his neck in October.
The extent of Winker’s injuries can’t be said for certain, but the speedy former Reds outfielder went from one of the best hitters in the game against right-handed pitching to a lackluster .219/.344/.344 hitting streak with the Mariners in 2022.
Winker’s defense also suffered; He was never considered an overprotective cornerback, but posted career-worst scores in defensive saves (-16), end zone rating (-7.2), and above-average (-10) at Emerald City. Along with Winker’s declining performance on the field, Ryan Davis of The Seattle Times reported in October on the manner in which Winker had fallen for the Seattle club.
The retreat was rather rapid and startling. In the two seasons prior to the Mariners’ acquisition, Winker was one of the three best hitters in the game against right-handed pitching, trailing only Juan Soto And the Bryce Harper In terms of WRC +. He posted a video game-esque .321/.417/.619 hitting streak in 509 plate appearances against right-handers in that span, and while his production against fellow left-handers wasn’t anywhere near that high, he still walked in a 12% clip against them, which puts It resulted in a .314 OBP. 199 average and .338 slugging against lefties were dismal, but at least Winker can get on base with a semi-average clip even in unfavorable faction contests.
The Brewers are hoping to get Winker back to the form he showed when he was a thorn in their side as a member of the division-rival Reds, from surgeries, rest and rehab. However, only time will tell if Winker is actually able to recover.
If Winker can’t get back into form, the Brewers can still pin some hopes on Toro – another rebound candidate looking to take advantage of a change of scenery. The 25-year-old (26 later this month) was one of the top prospects in the Astros system for several years but never had the chance to establish himself for the Houston club that had Alex Bergman In the third base and Jose Altuve At second base – primary toro sites. The Astros traded Toro and the veteran reliever Joe Smith to the Mariners in a controversial deadline-date exchange that saw Seattle next send closer Kendall Grafman And right Rafael Montero to Houston in return.
There were a lot of similarities between the Toro trade and the 2022 trade that saw the Brewers fielded Josh Hader to San Diego. As was the case with Brewers fans this year, Mariners fans — and the club — were outraged to see the closest rival club being traded to another contender for the postseason, even though both the Mariners (Smith, Toro) and Brewers (Taylor RogersAnd the Esteore RuizAnd the Robert Jasser) had some immediate MLB assists and a long-term prospect value at running back.
Unfortunately for the Mariners, Toro was never able to fully establish himself as a regular player in the lineup. He caught fire with the Mariners immediately after the trade, and even reached out to Grafman himself just a month after the trade. However, the 2022 season saw Toro gain infrequent playing time and bat to a . 185/. 239/. 324 slash in 352 plate appearances. However, he’s not far from being a respected prospect, still in his mid-20s, and carries a career-high .343/.451/.545 on the Triple-A hitting streak, so there’s reason to hope he can yet break through. .
Toro still has a minor league option, so it’s not a lock that he’ll open a 23 season at the Brewers roster, but he’ll head to Spring Training to compete for time at second base or third base. Both he and Louis Uriah They have plenty of experience at both positions, but the ideal defensive alignment would be Toro at third base and Uriahs at second. Of course, it’s possible for brewers to deepen their blends with more off-season moves, and a higher probability Brice Turang She could influence the mix at second base early in the season, too, after hitting .286/.360/.412 at Triple-A last season.
In all likelihood, the trade is just one in the middle of a series of moves for both clubs involved. The Mariners had been open to adding another outfield bat even before Winker was traded, and now more clearly can accommodate a standout bat in left field or designated hitter. The Brewers, meanwhile, have so far focused on shrinking payroll margins and extracting some modest value from players they feel they can replace within the company (such as Wong, Renfrew hunter).
No doubt it was a frustrating start to the winter for many Milwaukee fans, but the Brewers have so far moved on from players who were only manageable until 2023. They’ve trimmed payroll somewhat while doing so, and the question will now be how — or if — they reallocate those dollars. It’s possible they’ll turn Winker around and flip it to another club, but they’ve yet to show any sign of a complete rebuild, so at some point it seems likely that the brewers will make at least some modest upgrades to the roster.
John Heyman affiliate New York Post He was the first to report that the Brewers and Mariners were in discussions about a trade involving Wong and Winker. Ken Rosenthal the athlete She mentioned that the sailors were acquiring Wong for Winker and Toro. ESPN’s Jeff Bassin The Brewers reported that they included approximately $1.75 million in the deal.
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