The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Tuesday that they would be bringing back veteran pitching Adam Wainwright on another one year deal. Welcome back!
The move we all figured was going to happen finally happened. Adam Wainwright will be back with the St. Louis Cardinals for another year. This contract was announced at about 11:00 am on Tuesday and as of writing, the financial terms of the deal are still unknown.
The deal will probably be more guaranteed money than the $2M Wainwright received last year as Waino proved he could still compete in 2019. While his overall numbers and road numbers may have been less than amazing, his 4.19 ERA is just average, which is all you can ask for from your fifth starter.
The encouraging thing was that Wainwright was so good at home. In 16 starts, he had a 2.56 ERA and threw 19.1 more innings in just one more total start. Wainwright held up down the stretch and performed on the biggest stage in the playoffs yet again.
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Both myself and Russ Robinson wrote pieces for or against Wainwright coming back, but the general consensus was that he was going to be back regardless of the reasoning either way.
Although I may have argued that Wainwright should hang up the cleats, I am happy he is back as he is one of the most beloved Cardinals in the past two decades. The financials may not be out now, but the deal is likely for right around $8M and will probably have incentives to go even higher.
I would assume that this will be the story for Wainwright from here on out. If he keeps doing well, then the Cardinals should keep him on the payroll. Plenty of pitchers have been successful later into their careers than Wainwright.
The biggest question is going to be whether or not Waino’s body can hold up for yet another year. No matter how it goes, the 38-year-old earned this deal in 2019 and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Cardinals fan who’s truly angry with this move by the team.