Kolten Wong to Remain in a Cardinals Uniform at least through 2020
According to multiple sources, Kolten Wong has just signed a five-year extension with the Cardinals. The deal includes a club option for a sixth season. Given that he was going to be arbitration eligible (meaning Wong as well as the Cardinals propose salaries and a third party picks the one they believe is more fair) at the end of the season, this is an important move for the team to lock him down for the foreseeable future.
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) March 2, 2016
This extension is a sign of confidence in Wong moving forward and once again demonstrates the strength and success of the Cardinals farm system. Wong was drafted by the team in 2011 and has worked his way up since then.
At 25 years old, a five-year extension is a great decision to keep the second baseman with the team for years to come. He is a cornerstone of the Cardinals infield, and having him locked up means that Wong and the Cardinals will not have to worry all season about getting a deal made. With arbitration coming down the pike at the end of 2016, you can bet that General Manager John Mozeliak is very pleased to have this deal finished before Opening Day.
Cardinals fans will love having Wong around for a long time to come. His exciting brand of baseball brings a lot of passion to Busch Stadium each and every game and gets the fans pumped up about their team. In addition, Wong makes a lot of flashy plays in the field. He definitely brings his glove to work every day, and ranked as one of the best defensive second basemen in 2015. The club will need his defensive reliability, as the rest of the infield is not necessarily the most youthful group.
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