Cardinals Reach Agreement with Kolten Wong on 5-year Extension

The St. Louis Cardinals reached a five-year contract extension with second baseman Kolten Wong , essentially buying out Wong’s arbitration years and one season of free agency. He is eligible for arbitration for the first time in November.

“My whole plan was I wanted to be part of this team. I wanted to get engulfed with the community and just be part of St. Louis,” Wong said. “Now, with this deal, I get to be part of the community.”

The contract, which will pay Wong $25.5 million, also has a $12.5 million team option for 2021. Wong batted .262 with 11 home runs and 15 stolen bases last season.

Wong played in 32 games for the 2013 Cardinals, who reached the World Series. He stole 20 bases in 2014, when he hit .249 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs, finishing fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting.

For the upcoming season, the SportsLine projection system tabs Wong for a line of .253/.308/400 with 16 home runs and 18 steals.

”Kolten has already been a key part of several high-profile moments during his young career, and we look forward to his continued growth and success as a member of this organization,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.

For the upcoming season, the SportsLine projection system tabs Wong for a line of .253/.308/400 with 16 home runs and 18 steals.

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