Today, the St.Louis Cardinals reached a five-year deal with second baseman Kolten Wong worth $25.5 mil with a $12.5 mil team option that could be bought out for $1 mil. This deal lacks a no-trade clause. The 25-year-old will be under team control through his age-30 campaign. This deal will cover Wong’s final arbitration years, which the deal could be cheaper than the Cardinals going through all the troubles of the arbitration hearings if a number could not be reached.
Now, last season Wong showed out and will continue to develop into one of the league’s better second basemen, which is why the Cardinals dished out the money. Wong finished the 2015 campaign with a slash line of .262/.321/.386/.707 with 11 home runs, 61 RBIs, swiping 15 bags in 150 games. Wong had a great first half of the 2015 season, but fell off later, but every player goes through those slumps, but the more experience you get the less that happens. Wong does need to work on hitting southpaws, which is maybe a reason why they made a trade in the off-season to acquire Jedd Gyorko.
Finally, Wong’s base running and glove helped him land this deal other than his bat producing. Wong is projected to hit 15 home runs, drive in 65 RBIs, and hit .270 at the plate. If the Cardinals could get a same replica of Wong’s production last season they will be fine. He is not a big hitter, but does his job.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported the agreement. SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reported financial terms. ESPN.com’s Mark Saxon had the term of the deal and its lack of a no-trade clause.