Ben Frederickson: Pandemic's pinch should not excuse Cardinals from finding ways to bolster lineup

ST. LOUIS — Baseball is a business, and the pandemic is hard on business.Prepare to hear this message often from the Cardinals this offseason.Message received. Loud and clear.Especially after the Cardinals on Wednesday passed on a $12.5 million option for Gold Glove second baseman Kolten Wong, paying the 30-year-old leadoff hitter $1 million to hit free agency instead of bringing him back to help anchor one of the best defenses in baseball. Wong’s 1.1 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference, ranked second among Cardinals on the 2020 team. Don’t underestimate the impact of his d…

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HEDGE accordingly