Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said in his season-ending press conference today that the team is attempting to work out a new deal with veteran righty Adam Wainwright. It seems Wainwright wishes to return to the fold and that the Cards would like to have him.
This doesn’t come as a surprise, given Wainwright’s strong bounceback showing in 2019. MLBTR predicted just yesterday that he’d return again to the St. Louis organization — with the only real doubt being whether he’d decide to suit up once more at 38 years of age.
Mozeliak indicated that there isn’t a deal in place at present, but discussions are expected to take place over the next week or two, with the hope being that the sides will line up for yet another campaign. That’d mark a 15th big league season for Wainwright, who has spent his entire Major League tenure with the Cardinals. The three-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young runner-up has amassed 2103 2/3 innings along the way and pitched to a 3.39 ERA with averages of 7.6 strikeouts and 2.5 walks per nine innings pitched. He’s also given the Cards 105 2/3 innings of postseason work, notching a 2.81 ERA in that time.
While there was some question at the end of the 2018 season as to whether Wainwright had much of anything left in the tank, he once again proved his mettle with a solid 2019 campaign. The elder statesman of the St. Louis rotation logged 171 2/3 frames — his most since 2016 — and worked to a 4.19 ERA with a 153-to-64 K/BB ratio.
Wainwright may not be the staff ace that he once was, but the Cards no longer need him to function in that capacity (not that they’d complain about an unexpected return to 2009-10 form). Rather, burgeoning star Jack Flaherty has stepped up as the staff leader alongside the durable Miles Mikolas and another up-and-coming righty, Dakota Hudson. Assuming a new deal with Wainwright does indeed come to fruition, that he’ll join that trio and perhaps Carlos Martinez, Alex Reyes or an outside addition in rounding out the Cardinals’ starting staff next season.
Another one-year arrangement seems likely, given Wainwright’s age, but he’ll surely be in line for a larger base salary than the modest $2MM he took on last year’s “prove-it” deal. Wainwright ultimately maxed out his incentives package and took home a $10MM total — and something closer to that range seems more plausible this time around.
Well, for goodness sake, wait until after Nov 11 to announce it! I picked Waino to re-sign with the Cards in the free agent contet! (laffing)
And, of course, I’m just sure I’m the only one who did…
My thoughts exactly. He was a pretty obvious one though i’m hoping one of my shots in the dark don’t get screwed up by someone jumping the market early.
Laffing? Even autocorrect would change that..
Got #40 right! Lol
Let’s go Wainwright back with the Cards.
Now watch Mozeliak give him 2 years for 30 million.
It’s a 1 year deal worth $6 million in base salary with incentives to double it.
lol probably accurate
good, but also get some bats please 😀
Brewers fan chronically jealous of how the Cards continue to develop pitching. Who is responsible for that and why is that person not a GM??
stan lee the manly
It definitely starts with the draft. It’s fairly common every draft for the baseball talking heads to be pretty surprised when the Cards take a pitcher much higher than his projections only to turn him into a very good major leaguer. They are very good at evaluating unproven arms.
And get free picks for being “small market”
This old complaint. Jesus let it go. Cardinals shouldn’t get penalized for having a loyal fan base.
Yes Cards fan base is loyal. They’re also blind, deaf and dumb. That’s why this “competitive only” crap keeps coming from the front office. Who cares if they have a down year now and then like Boston or Houston or Chicago? Build a team to win a WS, not just the division. Cards were exposed by Washington. Not even close to Houston either. But I can’t wait to see that mid tier free agent move they make this off season. Sitting on the edge of my seat for that next Dexter Cecil to come on board.
Cry some more the Mississippi is low.
You have to remember when the Cards where winning WS titles those teams were picking 1-5 in the drafts for decades thus the reason they are so good. Houston is the next Chicago Cubs they are going to start having to adjust because their players will get more and more service time which they will have higher payroll then see what happens remember the Cards haven’t had a losing since 1999 can either of those clubs say that? The Nationals are going to be picked clean next season so that will be interesting. The Astros if they can keep their team together have many good years. The Cards will do things the Cardinal way and within the next 5 years will be in the WS again.
I am a little surprised (that you say you are a dedicated Cardinal fan) with your hammering on the Cardinals continually. As you know the team next to the Yankees for the most WS rings is the Cardinals. After years of Matheny, Shildt is beginning to turn things back.. At the start of 2019, I would not have picked the Cards to win the division, yet that happened. I certainly did not expect to beat a quality Atlanta team, yet that happened. Again with a team built for short series, with powerful starting pitching, the Nats were clear favorites and they prevailed.
There are still lots of holes to fill before being at the level of Houston and the Yankees. Mo will try to nickle and dime his way into building a team that outperforms their on paper appearance.
As a Cardinals fan that is a strong suit but we really need to develop that huge bat. Pujols has been gone a long time. Here’s a Cardinals fan jealous of the trade(robbery) the Brewers made for Yelich. Ozuna is good but Yelich is an absolute stud
have to wonder how bad they’ve been kicking themselves over that move
Seeing as Yelich had topped out at 21 HR’s with an .859 OPS with Miami in 2016 (and a slight decline in 2017), no one could have foreseen what was to come from Christian Yelich. Nobody, not even the Marlins, and certainly not the Brewers, should be feeling bad about missing that call. He wasn’t a real stud until he went to Milwaukee, and that came out of the blue. Like Verlander and Cole going to Houston. Who would have guessed they’d become the tops studs in baseball literally overnight just by moving to Houston?
Verlander was a stud long before he came to Houston. Are you forgetting the year he won both Cy Young and MVP?
If the brewers somehow land ozuna they’ll have yet another steroid or ped user. They traded agular and domingo Santana and eric thames will leave and be a DH. They still have Braun.
Its the truth whether its stupid or not is irrelevant
Why do people keep going back to this? Yelich wasn’t even available at that point. After they moved Stsnton and Ozuna Yelich publicly stated he wanted to be traded. According to the Marlins they had no intention until that point. IT WAS NOT A CHOICE.
I’m a cards fan too but I don’t think we will ever see another Albert. I would take a Vince Coleman and Willie McGee
Oddly enough, Mozeliak used to be the director of scouting. The system in place today is there due in large part to his work years ago. And when he took over the GM job, he stopped trading away the pitching developed and started using it.
Absolutely a joke. So tired of this boring baseball.
Pontificate, please? What about this is boring baseball?
He’s talking about Kris Bryant’s fake comments on a fake talk show
I guess you didn’t watch the team all summer? What did you find exciting about that 4 game sweep when they actually played a team with players far superior to the pedestrian offense the Cards trotted on the field. When even the sheeple stop coming to games, you know it’s boring baseball. Extremely boring President of Ops. Dimwit of a GM. Goober of a manager. It’s enough to lull you to sleep.
It’s almost seems like the best teams in the MLB lose 35-40% of their games or something. We got swept by lessor teams and we also swept superior teams, like that 4-game sweep against the Dodgers in early April and Chicago in late September.
How do you think those teams felt, especially when our “boring” team made it deeper than their “exciting” teams with superior records? Would you have felt better if we had won 100+ games and lost in the NLCS? Would that have made it more exciting?
The Braves had a better offense, too, yet the Cardinals outhit them in the NLDS. The offense was inconsistent, no doubt, but it was by no means pedestrian.
You can never really predict baseball. No one last year expected the brewers to win the NL Central let alone game 7 of the NLCS. No one expected the Nationals to make the world series with having a horrible bullpen having 10 days off and then beating the Astros in 7 games. 0.45% of the road team winning all 7 games. But the nationals did it.
Strasburg opted out. With boras as his agent theres a 80% chance he’s gone
Boras and Washington are on very good terms. Also Stras is not the type to have a media circus over this. Only two places he goes are San Diego or The Angels. Most likely he stays.
CFAP do you do anything but complain lol I’ve never saw a more pessimistic person on here…well besides Clepto my biggest fan
It’s called looking at something realistically. It’s not pessimistic. It’s just not lollipops and candy canes like your mind.
CFAP, buddy, I know what you are saying…trust me I have friends that talk about how this isn’t great baseball that the cardinals are playing. It’s definitely not like the good old days with Pujols, Edmonds, and Rolen, not to mention all the other guys. But stop complaining about success…they went to the NLCS…that is the top 4 in all of baseball…obviously the weaknesses were exposed against the Nationals but the Nats also won the WS. Yes, the Cardinals need to do a lot to compete in the future…I’m not arguing that, but sit back and have a drink and enjoy that they pulled through this year and hopefully next year we can do the same. Flaherty and Hudson will get better…maybe Goldy has settled down after the trade and comes out better…Wong showing promise, Edman looking good, maybe Carlson rejuvenates them…geez bud relax
No its crying like a three year old. If that’s realistic in your world seek help.
Good move. I’m too much of a purist to ever want to see Waino in anything but a Cards uniform.
Next up. Extend Molina until he’s 40, and then give Bader a 6/60 deal.
You mean Molina who was a finalist for the gold glove and a, not great, but timely and decent offensive catcher…yea that would be horrible
Considering there aren’t 3 decent defensive catchers in the league, it’s not much of an accomplishment. But hey, it’s an award. A bogus one at that.
This is just a ridiculous statement…so you are mad because Molina is a top three defensive catcher or you are mad because there aren’t any good catchers in the league? Seriously, do you give any credit where it is due or are all accomplishments for the cardinals or cardinals players ever good enough for you? Say you are a realist all you want but I disagree…a realist realizes that is good because, guess what, you are not always right. And according to more knowledgeable people in the game he is a great catcher, this is why you are a pessimist not a realist
CFAP is one of those people who just talks nonsense to get a rise out of people. Ignore him and he will go away.
You can ignore me all you want, but I’m not going away. In fact, I will continue to get more and more responses from everyone because you just can’t accept the truth. It irks the L.S. out of you to read the truth.
MLB Trade Rumors we need a block option. Best answer for a troll.
You truly are a child CFAP..
As unreliable of a statistic as it is, it will still be nice to see Wainwright pass Bob Forsch for 3rd Place (behind Bob Gibson and Jesse Haines) for Wins as a Cardinal.
As long as it’s another low base salary, high incentive contract.
I just turned 65 and been a Cardinal fan since my dad started to take me to Sportsman’s Park (Busch Stadium1) when I was three. I was in the stands when Stan the Man took his last at bat. So I think I know a little about Cardinal baseball. What is wrong with todays Cardinals? I see them as a team who still has not got back to playing “fundamental baseball”. They did a lot better this year, BUT still has a long way to go, Especially offensively. How about including a “Take Sign”. I would rather see a batter take on a 3-1 pitch (especially with the bases loaded) than flail away and miss a slider or ground into a double play. Stop worrying about swing “launch angles” so you can hit a couple of more home runs, while watching the strike out ratio go up and up and up. How about concentrating on NOT making non-productive outs. Striking out 125-150 or more times a year should be UNACCEPTABLE. Getting picked off base when you know your not going to try to steal means your head is not in the game. Todays game is waiting for the home run. Remember 1982? Milwaukee led all of baseball in home runs. The Cardinals? Dead last in home runs. Who won the World Series? Sorry for rant. But these are just some of the things that bothers me about the Cardinals specifically and baseball in general. Oh, by the way…. Yes, resign Wainwright. That is a no-brainer.
I’m a 68 year old Cardinal fan who also grew up going to Sportsman park. “PeoriaCardFan”—-I agree with everything yo stated!!!!!
I do think Wainwright, baring any injuries, will have another reliable season in 2020. Plus, should the Cardinals genuinely go after Bumgarner, Wainwright and he are friends. Therefore, Wainwright very well could have some influence on Bumgarner to sign with the Cardinals.
It was awesome to see his success in 2019. As pitchers age and raw talent fades more and more every year some guys learn to adjust and stay productive and some don’t. Obviously it was once better complimented with the fastball but he still has a great curveball. He’s always been a gamer I could see him remaining a productive starter or bullpen pitcher albeit not at near his prime. At his age I’d call that a success for sure