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Brewers pick up $10 million 2023 option on 2B Kolten Wong Boras says timing of MLB draft endangers player safety

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Milwaukee – Kolten Wong stays in Milwaukee.

The Brewers chose a $10 million 2023 team option on the veteran second baseman.

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Wong, 32, batted .251 this season and had a career-high 15 homers along with 47 RBIs and 17 steals in 134 games. He had a .339 base percentage and a .430 slugging percentage.

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But the two-time Golden Glove winner also made 17 errors, a career high.

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Wong spent his first eight seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, who declined a $12.5 million option to keep him in 2021. The Brewers then signed him to a two-year, $18 million contract that included a $10 million team option through 2023. .

The Brewers would have owed him a $2 million ransom had they not taken his option.

In his first season in Milwaukee, Wong batted .272 with 14 homers, 50 RBIs and 12 steals in 116 games, helping the Brewers win the NL Central title. Wong had a .335 percentage on base and a .447 percentage hit that year.

It’s the first major move the Brewers have made since Matt Arnold was named president of baseball last month after David Stearns resigned. Stearns remains with the organization in a consultant role.

LAS VEGAS. Baseball superspy Scott Boras on Wednesday expressed concern over what he called a player safety issue related to the timing of the draft.

MLB moved the draft from early June to mid-July last year to make it part of the All-Star Game celebrations.

“The advantage of a later draft is just a TV program,” Boras told the media during the second day of the Major League Baseball general managers’ meetings in Las Vegas. “It hurts the players. It harms intelligence. It harms the assessment.”

Boras said the later dates prevent clubs from giving new players an adequate chance to get used to the professional ball.

“We’ve had players come to camp after not playing for six to eight weeks after school season,” Boras said. “They are immediately asked to speak.

“It undermined the grading system because professional scouts don’t have the opportunity to rank the next market project for the summer. They are prohibited from attending all of the regular events they have attended before to get to know both character and performance evaluation.”

Boras said he would like a minor league level to be added that was above the rookie level for player development.

Boras also said that he was not opposed to the pitching hours being introduced next year at the major league level after the juniors experimented with the system, but argued that it would be a mistake for the playoffs. Pitchers will have 15 seconds if there are no runners on base and 20 seconds otherwise. Attackers must be in the batter’s zone with at least 8 seconds remaining.

“It’s a different scenario than in the regular season and we don’t want[players’]performances to be rushed,” he said. “We understand why they would probably do this during the season, for the sake of performance and what they see as a positive move for fans to reduce games. But in the postseason, we don’t want these people to be in a completely different emotional environment and where the scenery means a lot more.”

In terms of analytics, Boras said players are given so much information that they are often overwhelmed. He noted that it is no coincidence that two veteran managers Dusty Baker from Houston and Rob Thomson from Philadelphia took part in the World Series, because both understand the value of communication.

“To get a flow of information on a daily basis without a proper bridge for execution, we find a mess,” Boras said. “We find players who don’t work well. We’re finding players whose confidence levels are faltering.”


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