On Wednesday morning, the St. Louis Cardinals held a press conference to announce a five-year contract extension for second baseman Kolten Wong.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported news of the extension.
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The deal will make Wong under control through 2020, with a club option included. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation has reported that the contract is worth $25.5 million. The option year for 2021 is worth $12.5 million. The Cardinals can buy out the option for $1 million.
After finishing third in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2014, the 25-year-old played 150 games last season, batting .262 with a 2.3 WAR. Wong also totaled 11 home runs, 61 RBI and 71 runs scored. The fourth-year player is seen as having All-Star potential, and may be a candidate to bat leadoff for the Cardinals this season. St. Louis is making a bet that buying up Wong’s pre-arbitration years will pay off as his career continues trending upward.
Looking ahead to the future, the Cardinals have three players 25 or younger — Wong, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty — locked down until at least 2018 when arbitration begins for Grichuk. In addition, third baseman Matt Carpenter is signed through 2019 as St. Louis commits to keeping the core together.