Is Mariners’ reported trade interest in 2B Kolten Wong a good signal?

It did not take lengthy for the Mariners to come back again up in trade rumors following their blockbuster deal Wednesday with the Blue Jays for All-Star outfielder Teoscar Hernández.

Dipoto: What Teoscar Hernández brings that the Mariners’ lineup wants

MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi, who first introduced up Hernández as a potential Mariners goal a week earlier than the swap on Seattle Sports’ Wyman and Bob, tweeted Thursday about one other attainable trade Seattle could possibly be engaged on.

The Mariners are in want of a second baseman and doubtlessly a left-handed bat, and the 32-year-old Kolten Wong suits the invoice for each. He’s a two-time Gold Glove winner, most not too long ago in 2020, and had a first rate 12 months on the plate for the Brewers in 2022, slashing .251/.339/.430 for a .770 OPS and 118 OPS+, with 15 dwelling runs , 24 doubles and 17 stolen bases in 134 video games. He has a 12 months left on his present contract with Milwaukee and made headlines in late September with a three-homer sport in opposition to the Reds.

If the Mariners certainly go that path to fill the second base spot left open with Adam Frazier now a free agent, although, it might rule out one thing followers had been hoping for.

“I believe Kolten Wong is an improve over Adam Frazier, however I believe (a Mariners trade for Wong can be) limiting themselves in phrases of ceiling for the 2023 season,” stated Curtis Rogers on Thursday filling in as a visitor host on Seattle Sports’ Bump and Stacy.

The purpose for that’s that it could doubtless take the Mariners out of the working for a massive identify shortstop in free company. Seattle already has a shortstop in JP Crawford, and whereas M’s president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto and basic supervisor Justin Hollander have each stated the choice is to have Crawford on the place once more in 2023, they have not utterly dominated out transferring him to second base if it meant signing one of many star shortstops obtainable.

Rogers stated he hopes the Mariners might add one in all three obtainable free brokers at shortstop – Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa and Trea Turner – so he finds Morosi’s report about Wong worrisome.

“I need a kind of shortstops in the worst manner,” Rogers stated. “I do know that signing free brokers is not precisely how Jerry Dipoto does his enterprise – he prefers trades, he prefers participant improvement – however man, once you’ve received expertise like this obtainable on the free agent market, it is onerous to take a seat in your pockets.”

Answered Michael Bumpus: “You simply do not need to really feel such as you’re settling. … I’m with you, I would not be glad with (the Mariners buying Wong to fill the outlet at second base). I’m glad that they are making an attempt to make strikes however I do not assume that is the transfer that must be made. But if JP comes again (because the shortstop), man, what are we gonna do? We’re gonna rock with him.”

You can hearken to the complete dialog in the Headline Rewrites section from Thursday’s version of Bump and Stacy in the podcast at this hyperlink or in the participant under.

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