The David Freese/Kolten Wong debate has been brewing for months for the Cardinals. Ever since Freese got off to a slow start, hitting just .163 in April and Wong turned on the heat with a .375/.420/.615 line in May for AAA Memphis.
Last week the Cardinals finally promoted their second baseman of the future, which left the future for Freese in question.
The immediate impact is that Freese will lose considerable playing time the rest of this year, but the bigger question is whether this will be the last season Freese spends with the Cardinals.
Freese is still the hometown hero, the 2011 World Series MVP and will always hold a special place in Cardinals fans hearts, but, as with most players, it comes down to "what have you done for me lately?" and in Freese's case, its not much.
Freese is hitting just .266/.343/.382 on the season, a far cry from the .293/.372/.467 line he put up last year. He has just 6 homers this year compared to 20 last year. He is hitting only .234 with RISP compared to .275 last year.
His production has certainly gone down hill and, with an offense that was sputtering, it was time to make a change. Wong provides the Cardinals with some much needed speed, gives the team better overall defense and his offense should be comparable to what Freese has done this year.
Bottom line, if Freese had put up similar numbers this year to what he did last year, we wouldn't be having this discussion. But the fact is that he is not and if Wong can prove he's major league ready, the Cardinals will likely try to move Freese this offseason.