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WOW: Cardinals Decline Their Option on Kolten Wong, Making Him a Free Agent

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Wow. I’m a bit gobsmacked here, and I had even tried to prepare myself not to be.

The St. Louis Cardinals had an $11.5 million decision ($12.5 million option, $1 million buyout) to make on their Gold Glove, solid-offensive, 30-year-old second baseman, and they’re declining it:

Even having braced myself for cost-cutting moves all over baseball this offseason in response to the pandemic, I’m shocked.

Wong is an elite defender and a great baserunner, and a near three-WAR player even when he’s merely hitting at a league-average level:

(via FanGraphs)

If Wong is not worth $11.5 million in this market – to the Cardinals or in trade – then there’s an absolute disaster on the horizon. Even Anthony Rizzo’s $14.5 million decision ($16.5 million option, $2 million buyout) is not a sure thing. And that’s a freaking nightmare.

In the meantime, get ready for a whole lot of quality players like Wong to hit the free agent market, further reducing the chance the Cubs could actually trade any of their short-term guys for value. I’m reeling a bit, folks.

Also, if you have any money at all to spend this offseason, you could really clean up. I won’t even say the thing about the Cubs having an opening at second base, because whatever …



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.