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Dodgers News: LA Signs Veteran Kolten Wong to Minor League Deal

Never shy to take chances on any player, the Dodgers proved such a theory right once again with a recent roster move.

Earlier this week, the team announced that they signed long time Cardinal infielder Kolten Wong to a minor league contract with a good defensive reputation behind him.

Poor hitting numbers with the Mariners aside, Wong has proven to be an important piece to multiple playoff teams in St. Louis, culminating in a World Series appearance with the franchise in 2013 in his rookie season.

Individually, Wong’s glove and decent speed have always been his calling card manning second base, winning two Gold Gloves in back to back seasons with the Cardinals in 2019 and 2020.

The first of those years saw Wong finish with MVP votes with his best average of .285 on the season with 11 home runs and 24 stolen bases in the most complete season of his career.

After his Cardinals tenure, Wong stayed in the division to join the Milwaukee Brewers in 2021 and 2022, reaching the playoffs once again in 2021.

Wong’s first nine full seasons in the league never saw his average dip below .240 and hovered around an OPS of .740, which was slightly above average for the time.

Unfortunately this year, things haven’t gone well for Wong at the dish slashing just a .165/.241/.227 line with an OPS far below league average.

Seattle designated the veteran for assignment at the trade deadline and Wong has now latched onto the Dodgers with an opportunity to rebuild his game in their minor league system.

Though maybe not what he once was, the Dodgers have shown that they can take reclamation projects and run with them.

Perhaps the former Cardinal can find his previous form for Dave Roberts’ men like Lance Lynn, Kiké Hernández, Jason Heyward, Amed Rosario, Joe Kelly and more have done this season already.

Photo Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports

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One Comment

  1. Might be a little ticky tack but his numerous experiences in the playoffs can’t “culminate” in anything in his rookie season because it came first. Culminate means to build to a crescendo.

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