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 Posted: Thu Mar 30th, 2017 08:43 pm
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Kolten Wong's desire to be traded rather than be part of a platoon didn't sit well with St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.

"I think his comments were a little tough given the fact we have other players playing well," Mozeliak said, according to Mark Saxon of ESPN. "Starting Sunday, we're playing to win. Whenever a player is trying to accomplish something in spring training, that can't be an excuse for why things aren't going well."

Wong said earlier this week that he would "100 percent" rather be traded than not be an everyday player for the Cardinals, and didn't understand why the club inked him to a five-year, $22-million extension last March if he wasn't going to be St. Louis' everyday second baseman.

The comments came in response to skipper Mike Matheny's acknowledgement over the weekend that both Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia could see time at the position, as Wong had struggled throughout the spring. He's hitting .192/.276/.288 with 11 strikeouts in 19 games.

"Overall, we've had a very positive camp, and I certainly don't want someone's comments to bring us down," Mozeliak said.

Shortly after Wong made his thoughts public, he backtracked, saying that he wants to remain a Cardinal.

"My play speaks for itself and what kind of player I can be. I want to be that player for the Cardinals," he said. "If the worst-case scenario comes down, I understand there are a lot of good guys on this team right now. If it's my time to get moved, it's my time to get moved. But at the end of the day, I want to be a Cardinal."