The Cardinals surprising decision to decline Kolten Wong’s $12.5 million option back in October was among the first signs that this offseason going to be anything other than normal. The free agent market has since bounced back a bit, sure, but we’re still just talking about generally reasonable deals for some of the best talent at the very end of January. It’s a far cry from where we used to be a handful of years ago.
But things have been moving quickly today, particularly on the infield market, where J.T. Realmuto (Phillies), Andrelton Simmons (Twins), Freddy Galvis (Orioles), Tommy La Stella (Giants), Marcus Semien (Blue Jays), and Cesar Hernandez (Indians) all found their homes for at least 2021.