He would have been eligible for salary arbitration next winter and for free agency after the 2019 World Series.
“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”, said Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak.
ESPN.com reports the deal is worth $25.5 million with a $12.5 million team option for 2021. Wong ranked 3rd among N.L. second basemen in homers last season and 4th in RBI (61), while leading the majors second basemen with 312 putouts. “After ’13, they gave me a chance to come back and really reinvent myself and show it wasn’t me”.
The 25-year-old was a first-round Cardinals draft pick from the University of Hawaii in 2011.
“Now that I kind of have some kind of security, I understand that I can go out there and do different things and not worry about basically trying to play a good game every single game of spring training”, Wong said.
I really believe if he’d combine a little more thinking with his tremendous bat speed that Wong could become the best leadoff man in baseball with a batting average in the.315-.320 range and an on-base percentage pushing.400. He then made a strong defensive play in the ninth. “We’re looking at a couple weeks, minimum, I would suspect”.
There were many Cardinals destined for the minor leagues on the field on Wednesday, with only shortstop Greg Garcia and reliever Seung Hwan Oh likely to make the big club.
“When I kind of went out there saying that I would love to be the lead-off hitter I think everyone kind of took it the wrong way”, Wong said.
Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after he hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Three of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 6, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri.
“I’ve got to realize – I am realizing now -… that slumps are going to happen”. “We should win that game”.