JUPITER — Making a long-term commitment to Kolten Wong as their second baseman, the Cardinals agreed Wednesday to a $25.5 million, five-year contract with the 25-year-old.
Wong would have been eligible for salary arbitration next winter and for free agency after the 2019 World Series.
"Now that I kind of have some kind of security, I understand that I can go out there and do different things and not worry about basically trying to play a good game every single game of spring training," Wong said. "I can go in there and focus on certain parts of my game that I really want to work on and really hone in on those things."
Wong batted .262 with a .321 on-base percentage and a .386 slugging percentage in a career-high 150 games last season, his third. He's at .250/.303/.374 for his career.
PEREZ DONATION: Royals catcher Salvador Perez is donating $1 million to the Urban Youth Academy, a 21-acre development of playing fields and other park amenities near downtown Kansas City, Mo. The news came one day after Perez signed a $52.5 million, five-year contract that will keep him with the Royals through the 2021 season. In other Royals news, outfielder Jarrod Dyson suffered a strained right oblique in the team's Cactus League opener. The severity was unknown.
DODGERS: Outfielder Yasiel Puig wasn't expected to be suspended for his involvement in a November fight at a Miami bar, espn.com reported.
MARINERS: The team finalized a one-year contract with Cuban outfielder Guillermo Heredia, a deal that includes a $400,000 signing bonus. Heredia, 25, has not played competitive baseball since 2014 and defected from Cuba last year.
METS: Rightfielder Curtis Granderson worked out by himself while dealing with pinkeye. He said he was scheduled to visit a doctor today.
TIGERS: Outfielder Cameron Maybin had full range of motion in his left wrist a day after being hit by a pitch. The injury was labeled a left wrist bruise.