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Sports Cardinals decline $12.5M option for INF Kolten Wong

03:00  29 october  2020
03:00  29 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The Cardinals have optioned second baseman Kolten Wong to Triple-A Memphis, the team announced tonight. The move will clear a spot for the activation of shortstop Jhonny Peralta from the disabled list — a move that will become official tomorrow. Peralta has spent the entire season to date

The St. Louis Cardinals have declined Kolten Wong's $12.5 million option, making the Gold Glove second baseman a free agent.

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The 30-year-old Wong will receive a $1 million buyout. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his big league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis.

“STL will always have a special place in my heart and I will never forget all the amazing people who impacted me along the way! Much love,” Wong said Wednesday in an Instagram post.

Wong hit. 265 with a homer and 16 RBIs in 53 games during the pandemic-shortened season, helping the Cardinals make the playoffs for the second straight year. They were eliminated by San Diego in the NL wild card round.

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Kolten Kaha Wong (born October 10, 1990) is an American professional baseball second baseman who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals .

In notable news out of St. Louis, the Cardinals have locked up one of their young positional talents on a long-term deal that will keep Kolten Wong in red for five or six years. Source: Wong deal runs through 2020 and includes $ 12 . 5 M option (or M buyout) for 2021. Extends STL control by two years.

Wong won his first Gold Glove last year. He is a finalist again this season, with the winner announced on Tuesday.

John Mozeliak, the president of baseball operations for the Cardinals, said he spoke with Wong on Wednesday.


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“I told him that with some of the uncertainties, we're just not in a position to do that,” Mozeliak said. “We both agreed to keep the door open, and so as we progress in this, it’s something that we’re not ruling out for a future return.”

Wong is only one year removed from perhaps his best season in St. Louis, batting .285 with 11 homers, 59 RBIs and a career-high 24 steals in 2019. He is a .261 hitter with 53 homers, 281 RBIs and 88 steals in 852 career games.

While leaving the door open for a reunion with Wong, Mozeliak also mentioned giving Tommy Edman a shot at second base.

“Not speaking in absolutes, not saying anything's for sure, but, as we approach this off-season, it's definitely going to require some creativity, some patience and good timing,” Mozeliak said.

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