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Cardinals ink Adam Wainwright to five-year, $97.5 million deal

Mar 27, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals have signed Adam Wainwright to a five-year contract extension worth $97.5 million. That’s an average annual salary of $19.5 million, which isn’t bad value for a guy who has been an ace in the past and is likely to be an ace again moving forward.

Wainwright was scheduled to become a free agent after the 2013 season. Now he’ll be property of the Cardinals through at least the 2018 campaign.

The 31-year-old right-hander posted a 3.94 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 184/52 K/BB ratio across 198 2/3 innings in 2012 after recovering successfully from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery surgery. He owns a 3.15 career ERA and a 1.21 career WHIP.

“Waino” has registered a 3.00 ERA and 18/6 K/BB ratio in 27 Grapefruit League innings this spring.

  1. paperlions - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    As Rick Flair would say, “WOOOOOOOO!”

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      I’d like to add a “HOOOOOO!” to your “WOOOOOOO!”

      It’s a mutually beneficial deal, Waino got the 5 years he wanted and the Cards got him for (probably) less than he would’ve got if he’d hit the open market.

    • fukpittsburgh - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      LMAO at giving a 5 year $100 mil extension to a 32 year old that suffered TJ’s 2 years ago and has since gone 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA. Brilliant move.

      • paperlions - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:28 AM

        LMAO at someone that doesn’t understand baseball and is too stupid to recognize it.

      • fukpittsburgh - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        LMFAO at how that truth is about to hurt. Sorry I made you sad though. It’s never my intentions to make the little ones cry.

      • stlouis1baseball - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        You would do yourself a huge favor by doing your homework prior to talking shit.
        Otherwise, you ignorance shines through.
        No need to thank me. That’s what I am here for.

      • fukpittsburgh - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Oh MY ignorance. Pfff take the blinders off dummy. The guy was good before he turned thirty and then had a major operation on his arm which most guys don’t fully recover from. But yeah he had a great season last year so give him a $100 million contract. No need to do homework when you have common sense but let me guess you’re a genius with a degree from MIT so you know something I don’t right? You’re just another goober defending your teams bad move.

      • stlouis1baseball - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        No moron. I trust in the Organization making the right call (AS THEY ALWAYS SEEM TO DO). That…and guys never fully recover from TJ surgery do they? Nope.
        They never actually return even stronger do they? Nope.
        Yeah…about that homework I was referring to. You failed to complete it.

  2. gibbyfan - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Sure hope it works out –hope it doesnt include a ‘no trade’ clause. He’s been great but what are the chances that he will be over the next 6 years.

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      C’mon gibbyfan, quit fretting about no trade clauses and enjoy the fact the Cards stepped up and made the commitment to keep him.

      The season starts in less than a week, plenty of time to worry about the future in the future.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Even if he didn’t get one, he’ll have 10-5 rights late in 2015.

  3. drewsylvania - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Probably too much money. Wrong side of 30, TJ, and not-great season last year.

    • gibbyfan - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Totally agree Drew.You nailed it concisely. I think this one probably will come back to bite us, unless Mo is crazy like a fox and kept the trade option open.
      But having said that we have to say what’s done is done and get into the spirit like whitefalcon above —Great team for 2013 –Looking forward to seeing the young stars hit their stride……..

    • paperlions - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      1) Pitchers often age better than hitters and also don’t have the same aging curve, with that curve often peaking later for pitchers than for hitters.

      2) He already got his TJ surgery out of the way, odds aren’t great that he’ll need another one soon.

      3) He was actually very good last year, the ERA didn’t reflect how well he pitched. He was 13th in MLB in FIP-, 17th in WAR, and 22nd in K-rate….all in the first year back from TJ, which is very good.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        What?! Ok. Agree to disagree on those arguments.

      • spudchukar - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        To call Wainwright’s 2012 campaign “very good” is a stretch. In fact at times he wasn’t very good at all. Better in the second half, but there were blips in August. He has to be able to get hitters out with his fastball, which he struggled mightily with last year.

        Odds are he rebounds nicely. Another year away from TJ, young for his age, in excellent shape, a very good all round athlete, tough competitor, bright guy and contract behind him. No one is a bigger fan, than yours truly, but he has to re-assert himself as the team’s ace.

        Garcia’s Spring is exciting. Assuming he can continue, and fulfill his long admired talent, and with a return to acehood (?) from Waino, the Cards should not only excel, but might very well post the best record in the NL, or at least rival Washington’s.

        But it starts with Wainwright, and his ability to succeed with his fastball.

      • gostlcards5 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Don’t forget…less wear & tear on his arm, because of his warm-up style. He throws a LOT less pitches across a season than a normal starter.

  4. spudchukar - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    No where near Greinke or Cain numbers, but his less than stellar 2012 season undoubtedly cost him some bucks. He tried to come back a little quicker than most from TJ surgery, and wasn’t very effective in the first half of last year. For Cards’ fans hopefully he can regain his pre-surgery form, which was only eclipsed by Halladay from 2008-2010.

    • paperlions - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Nah, what cost him $$ was age….those guys were younger (or younger and a FA) when they signed their deals. Cain got $21.25M/year; Greinke’s contract was more….but the Dodgers think Brandon League is worth $21M over 3 years…so…

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Are you pissed that I yanked your chain about the politics again?

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Nope. Why?

        I haven’t had much time lately to stay on top of the comments….and it is hard to just jump into the middle of a conversation.

        I didn’t adopt the Astros instead of the Tigers because of that :-). Sadly, the local Tiger team is short-season ball, they play for only about 10 weeks.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Because you haven’t left me any comments lately. I just wanted to make sure you weren’t pissed.

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Nope….just happen-stance.

        That ears-connected to ovaries comment was fucking hysterical (no pun intended), but I didn’t see it until today, so I didn’t comment…didn’t figure you’d see it.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Yeah, I usually don’t go back and read stuff the next day (in the evening, yes, the next day, no). You’d have to make a direct comment so it shows up in my notifications for me to see it.

        It’s a line drive to left for Miguel Cabrera..Miguel Cabrera. That’s a nasty pine tar stain on his right shoulder. lol

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Yeah, I don’t usually go back and read through comments if it has been more than a few hours either.

        That Cabrera guy seems pretty good, he might make something of himself one day (like get into that exclusive 1000 XBH for 33 yr olds club).

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Don’t jinx it! >:( He really did have some pretty hits yesterday…until the bullpen meltdown, it was a fun game.

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Damn, 6-1. I have to admit. After the long off season of the awesome Blue Jays being shoved down everyone’s throat, I am enjoying their early (and, really, not too surprising) struggles.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        You know, I don’t wanna gloat b/c we got the best of the Feesh. :)

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        “M Cabrera stole third.”

        “M Cabrera tripled to deep right center, T Hunter scored.”

        Doesn’t not compute.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        You have to retune to a world where Kozma, Power Hitter is possible.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        We were up like this yesterday too…and then the relief came in. Sigh. It almost makes you miss V-Wiggles.

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        Jose Tigre FTW

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        You’re a stinker. Wanna trade?

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Trade what? Bullpens?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Closers. Oh, look at that, 2 more runs!

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        See…just win by 10 and you don’t need one.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        Now you’re getting it!

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Maybe Dog Fister will just pitch a CG to avoid the problem.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        That would be GRRRRRReat! Otherwise, we have to rely on the closing committee of Hunter-Cabrera-Fielder-Martinez.

  5. proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    A lot of money, but likely a good gamble by the Cards. He should improve in his second season following the operation.

  6. youjivinmeturkey - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Reblogged this on "You Jivin' Me, Turkey?" and commented:
    I Don’t Care What Anyone Says, I’M HAPPY! 😀 hehehe With Carp Likely Done, Waino Is The Face Of Cardinals Pitching. They Needed It Done, It’s Done, Playball!!!

  7. hustleandflomax - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    About what I expected, I’m good with the $ and good with the term. Hurray for everybody all around. Honestly, I didn’t think he would get 19.5 AAV, but that seems to be the going rate for aces these days on richer ballclubs. Cards did what they had to do. Very happy for Adam, who by all accounts is a terrific person who loves playing here in St. Louis.

  8. michaeljacksonisback - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    See this is why the Cardinals win championships and go to the playoffs constantly. Cubs = bums. Reds = big joke Brewers = choke artist. At least the pirates try

  9. johnstjc - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    with all the new money coming into baseball from these new tv deals i have a feeling this deal will look like a bargain for a guy who was essentialy a free agent since he probably wasn’t gonna sign an extension once the season started…i’ll gladly pay 60 million less for wainright then grienke…i think people need to realize that the market has changed…everyone thought holliday’s deal was an overpay and it looks great compared to other deals now like werth’s

  10. johnstjc - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    I also couldn’t be happier with yadier and adam being the faces of the franchise…2 great guys and great players

  11. stex52 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Glad to see it. Albert was a painful loss, but they never could have signed Wainwright and Molina if he had gotten his demands. And neither deal was over the top. Good dealing by a top notch organization.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Seriously? This is freaking Verlander money.

      • sportsdrenched - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        and if Verlander were to be a FA after this season, he’d be close to $25 Million per year.

        This deal is pretty much market/or the emergence of price hikes within the market.

      • inthecards22 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        Verlander’s next deal will top Wainwright’s by 1-2 years and 8-10 per year.

      • stex52 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Agree with the others. This will not be Verlander money when he gets his deal.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        Where were you all when we had the post about a new contract for V and everyone grumbled about his age and how stupid the Tigers would be to sign him to a long contract and he shouldn’t get near what Felix did? Wainwright is older and not as good.

      • stex52 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Gotta agree with the others, philiac. Whatever happened in the past, if Verlander wants the big bucks through free agency he will dwarf this deal. Wainwright probably gave some up against the open market. There are deep pockets out there.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        I won’t complain if V gets more money. He deserves it in my book. I’m just a little leery that this may end up a bit of an overpay. I’m kinda surprised at some of the Card’s fans’ responses here. They usually argue for going cheap.

      • stex52 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Trying to deal with Albert may have adjusted their thinking a bit.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        I’ll be honest, if it were me, I’d overpay Albert instead of Wainwright, but you know, when I’m a GM I can do whatever I want. :)

  12. jm91rs - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    As a Reds fan I don’t like this move one bit! Which of course means it’s a good one for the Cards. Deals like this would never have been done if Albert had signed a mega contract there, which would have been great for the rest of the NL Central, but bad for a great baseball team and city.

  13. gostlcards5 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Great job, Cards…..great! Top 3 pitcher in the league prior to TJ surgery, odds are good that his arm is stronger since the surgery, and so that means (we hope) that he’ll have mostly good days in front of him. This is great news, because this is a top notch person, as well as a top notch pitcher.

  14. stlouis1baseball - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    The terms are pretty much what everyone expected. A lot of annual value to be sure.
    He will be 2 years removed from TJ surgery…which is a huge plus. Most guys it takes the 2nd year to have full command. He should be no different. Could actually save the team monies when compared to what he could command on the open market. The organization tends to make the correct calls on these things. So at the risk of jinxing them…I expect this signing to be no different.
    Glad it’s done. Bring on the season!

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