AP Source: Mariners close to acquiring Kolten Wong from Brewers

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners are close to finalizing a deal to acquire second baseman Kolten Wong from the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Jesse Winker and Canadian infielder Abraham Toro, according to a person familiar with the situation.

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners are close to finalizing a deal to acquire second baseman Kolten Wong from the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Jesse Winker and Canadian infielder Abraham Toro, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The person confirmed to The Associated Press that an agreement was reached Friday pending a medical review. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither team had officially announced the deal.

the athletic first reported the deal. ESPN reported the Brewers would also be sending the Mariners around $1.75 million.

The Brewers picked up the $10 million team option on Wong’s contract for the 2023 season last month.

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

But the two-time Gold Glove winner had an unusually tough season on the field with 17 errors to match his career high.

Adding a second baseman had been one of the Mariners’ main offseason goals. Wong was Milwaukee’s starting second baseman for the past two years after spending his first eight seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Winker would give the Brewers a power outfielder to help make up for the loss of Hunter Renfroe, who was traded to the Los Angeles Angels last week.

Winker, 29, hit .219 with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs in 136 games in 2022 after playing five seasons in the NL Central with the Cincinnati Reds. He hit .305 with a .394 on-base percentage, .556 slugging percentage, 24 home runs and 71 RBIs in 110 games with Cincinnati in 2021.

Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto said that after the season, Winker underwent surgery on his left knee and was expected to undergo another operation to repair a neck problem.

Toro, who turns 26 on December 20, hit .185 with a .239 on-base percentage, 10 home runs and 35 RBIs in 109 games last season. He was born in Longueuil, Quebec.

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AP sportswriter Steve Megargee contributed to this report.

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Tim Booth, Associated Press



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