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Adam Wainwright expects contract talks with Cardinals during spring training

Dec 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Adam Wainwright is heading into the final year of his contract and after bouncing back well from Tommy John elbow surgery he’s in line for a huge long-term deal at age 31.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “both sides have expressed an interest in discussing an extension” and Wainwright’s agent “expects to discuss an extension with the Cardinals during spring training.”

One point of contention in potential extension talks is whether Wainwright wants to be valued like the guy who was a dominant ace before surgery or the guy who posted a 3.94 ERA in his first season back from elbow. Wainwright’s secondary numbers–strikeouts, walks, homers allowed–were actually fairly close to his pre-surgery levels, but his ERA didn’t quite show it, which could lead to some disagreement.

Either way, it’s hard to imagine Wainwright not getting $100 million offers if he hits the open market next offseason.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Lock him up Mo. Get. It. Done.

    • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      Maybe it is mis-placed, but I have so much confidence in Wainwright, that I wouldn’t mind at all if they overpaid him in years and dollars to keep him around…well, as long as the years we are talking about are 5…he’ll turn 33 during the 2014 season…a deal ending when he was 37 would seem fairly generous to me….hopefully, Waino feels the same way.

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        Paper: As Falcon said…I don’t think it’s mis-placed either. They just need to get it done. Sooner…rather than later.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I don’t think your confidence is misplaced at all.

    5 years is fine, mutually beneficial.

    This will come down to total $$ and if anyone thinks an higher AAV over shorter time will get it done is crazy.

    I suspect the floor will be 100 mil over 5 if they get it done early, if not…well, it’ll be well north of that and not in STL.

    • paperlions - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Yeah, it seems like 5/$100M is the absolute floor. The real difference (even if it is not recognized from Wainwright’s perspective) beteen him and Greinke is that Greinke will be 29 during the entire first year of his deal and Wainwright will turn 33 during the first year of his….so…hopefully, 5 years is as much as he is looking for.

  3. maynardstool - Dec 14, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Part of the reason of letting Pujols walk was supposedly to free up money to sign guys like Waino, Molina, Freese, and Craig to long term deals.

    There is absolutely zero reason not to give him what he wants. You can just watch the games and see how his teammates absolutely love him.

    Cy Young caliber pitcher and a great clubhouse guy. Give him what he wants and deserves Mo. Don’t screw this up.

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