Wilson signed a minor-league contract Wednesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training. The Nationals sold Wilson's rights to the Korea Baseball Organization in June, a development that involved a salary increase compared to his minor-league deal with Washington. The 29-year-old was having a very productive season with Triple-A Fresno before the transaction, slashing .310/.404/.609 with 15 home runs, 48 RBI and 40 runs in 232 plate appearances. With the recent departure of All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon, Wilson will be competing throughout spring training for a major-league roster spot, although it's likely he'll begin the season back in the minors.
The Nationals sold Wilson's rights to the Korea Baseball Organization's Lotte Giants on Sunday, Sung Min Kim of The Athletic reports. Wilson's move to the KBO will presumably come with a hefty salary increase from what he was receiving on his minor-league deal with Washington. With a 1.023 OPS over 54 games at Triple-A Fresno this season, Wilson had been one of the affiliate's more productive hitters, but the 28-year-old utility man wasn't in line for a promotion to Washington anytime soon -- if at all -- in 2019. Wilson has yet to make his MLB debut since being drafted in the 10th round by the Cardinals in 2012.
Wilson was reassigned to minor league camp Thursday. Wilson struggled at the plate this spring, so he'll head back to the minors to work on hitting advanced pitchers.
The Cardinals have cut catcher Ed Easley and infielders Dean Anna, Xavier Scruggs and Jacob Wilson from major-league camp, MLB.com reports. The moves leave the team with 33 players in big-league camp.
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