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Second baseman Kolten Wong dives to stop a grounder by Milwaukee’s Erik Kratz in the Sept. 26 game at Busch Stadium. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

QUESTION: What is your view on why the Cardinals declined Wong’s option. Was it to save money to re-sign Waino/Yadi, sign other free agents, or neither?

GOOLD: It was to save money. Period. It was to make a move in a market where they believe they can get a player like Wong or even Wong for less of a guarantee in 2021. They needed to alleviate payroll, and Wong was the easiest move at the moment to do it, and they’re going to do it again with some non-tenders in the coming weeks. It’s really that simple. It’s not ideal. It’s awful. But they decided to cut costs with the immediate move, knowing that it is doubtful Wong gets a salary like that for 2021, and that he may return to the team with a contract that fits the new landscape. That is possible