Brewers Activate $10 Million Option for Kolten Wong

Kolten Wong with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017
Kolten Wong with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017. Photo by Del Mecum/Csm/Shutterstock (8445068j)

Kolten Wong will remain with the Milwaukee Brewers through 2023 after the team decided to pick up his $10 million team option. This represents the first major move made by the Brewers since the promotion of Matt Arnold to the role of president of baseball operations last month.

Wong batted .251 this season, scoring a career-high 15 home runs along with 47 RBIs and 17 steals in 134 games. The veteran second baseman also recorded a .339 on-base percentage and a .430 slugging percentage. Wong’s season was not entirely positive, however, as he did make 17 errors, thereby matching his career high.

A two-time Gold Glove winner, Wong spent his first eight MLB seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he decided against signing a $12.5 million option that would have kept him on at the team in 2021. Sensing a trade opportunity, the Brewers signed Wong on a two-year contract worth $18 million that included the 2023 team option that Wong recently agreed to.

During his first season in Milwaukee, the second baseman made an immediate impact on his new team, hitting .272 with 14 home runs, 50 RBIs, and 12 steals in 116 games. More importantly, Wong helped the Brewers to clinch the National League Central title.

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