Cardinals happily welcome Kolten Wong’s extension request
In an offseason where the St. Louis Cardinals tried to sell their city to every free agent out there – including outfielder Jason Heyward. Heyward spurned the Cardinals, who acquired him before the 2015 season from the Atlanta Braves. The team and its players immediately began talking the team, the city and the fans up to Heyward in hopes that the soon to be free agent would want to re-sign with the team.
In the end Heyward decided to take less money to go to the Chicago Cubs. A lot of MLB free agents did the same this year including super utility man Ben Zobrist and most recently outfielder Dexter Fowler. Perhaps it’s the Cubs’ young talented core and their good chance to finally win a World Series or two after a century-long drought. Perhaps it is that they like manager Joe Maddon‘s style.
Whatever the reason, it’s not necessarily that there was something wrong with St. Louis or anywhere else, it just happened that St. Louis couldn’t land a big name free agent and it wasn’t for their lack of trying.
When the team received the word that their five-tool second baseman Kolten Wong, who debuted with the Cardinals in 2013 and is not even arbitration eligible until after the 2016 season, wanted a contract extension they jumped on it.