1) That's not happening in the current marketplace. Sorry. If they could have traded him, they would have done that. There weren't takers, not for that option, and that is obvious with the other options let loose over the past week. Heck, Brad Hand -- Brad Hand! -- slipped through waivers when no team wanted to take on his $10 million option. Why didn't Cleveland trade him? Oh, right, they would have ...
2) They could have, yes. They did not have those discussions. There are several reasons for this. One, is the rules. If they think the market won't give him a salary for 2021 that is at least 60 percent of what his contract was going to be, then they can wait and offer that -- especially if they can backload the contract with a higher salary once the finances return.
The Cardinals want to talk to Wong about another contract. The question is whether he wants to talk to them, or they can compete in a bidding war they now created.
They did not make that estimate. It's way more simple than that.
As covered in the Post-Dispatch all summer, the Cardinals had to measure spending $12.5 million for second base or $11 million less to have someone else, like Edman, play it. The question isn't equal value at that point.