The Seattle Mariners traded second baseman Kolten Wong from the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Jesse Winker and infielder Abraham Toro on Friday, the teams said.
The Mariners will also receive approximately $1.75 million in cash from Milwaukee, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN.
Seattle went into the winter to improve its lineup, targeting at-bats, and Wong, 32, is his second acquisition after signing outfielder Teoscar Hernández. Wong, a two-time Gold Glove winner, had a career-best 15 home runs for the Brewers, hitting .251/.339/.430 in 2022. Milwaukee took a $10 million option on him in November and has had several suitors.
“Second base is really an area that we’ve struggled to get production out of, particularly offensively,” said Seattle general manager Justin Hollander. He learns to lift the ball. He makes a lot of contact.”
In exchange, the Brewers will get Winker, 29, and Toro, 25. Seattle acquired Winker in March as the centerpiece of a six-player deal. He struggled to find the power punch he showed in 2021, hitting .219/.344/.344 for the Mariners and undergoing postseason left knee surgery. He will earn $8.25 million in 2023.
“A lot of our players in our mix that have a lot of flexibility — you know, we really value that as a franchise,” said Matt Arnold, the Brewers’ president of baseball operations, something we feel really good about.”
Seattle traded for Toro at the 2021 close, sending assistants Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero to Houston for Toro and assistant Joe Smith. Toro lost his third-base job to Eugenio Suarez, whom Seattle acquired as part of the Winker deal, and played mostly second-third in 2022, scoring .185/.239/.324. He is in his first year as an arbitrator.
The Brewers have now traded Wong and outfielder Hunter Renfroe, both of whom are a year away from free agency, this offseason. Previous incarnations of the Seattle deal included a third team, sources said, leaving open the possibility that Winker could eventually be treated again.
Seattle finished 90-72 this year, making it into the postseason for the first time in two decades, while Milwaukee went 86-76 and ended up landing a game back of the last wildcard spot against Philadelphia, which won the National League pennant.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.