The St. Louis Cardinals have declined Kolten Wong’s $12.5 million possibility, making the Gold Glove second baseman a free agent.
The 30-year-old Wong will obtain a $1 million buyout. Wong, a first-round choose within the 2011 draft, made his huge league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis.
“STL will at all times have a particular place in my coronary heart and I’ll always remember all of the superb individuals who impacted me alongside the best way! A lot love,” Wong mentioned Wednesday in an Instagram post.
Wong hit. 265 with a homer and 16 RBIs in 53 video games through the pandemic-shortened season, serving to the Cardinals make the playoffs for the second straight yr. They had been eradicated by San Diego within the NL wild card spherical.
Wong received his first Gold Glove final yr. He’s a finalist once more this season, with the winner introduced on Tuesday.
John Mozeliak, the president of baseball operations for the Cardinals, mentioned he spoke with Wong on Wednesday.
“I instructed him that with a few of the uncertainties, we’re simply not ready to do this,” Mozeliak mentioned. “We each agreed to maintain the door open, and in order we progress on this, it’s one thing that we’re not ruling out for a future return.”