Adam Wainwright is Re-Signing with the Cardinals on Another One-Year Deal for 2022 (UPDATE)

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Adam Wainwright is Re-Signing with the Cardinals on Another One-Year Deal for 2022 (UPDATE)

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At least there won’t be the offseason song and dance this time around. After re-upping with Yadi Molina for one more year, the Cardinals are doing the same with Adam Wainwright. No free agency for either one this offseason. They will be tied to – and succeeding with – the Cardinals until the sun explodes and I feel release.

No word yet on the particulars, but it should be coming out soon:

Wainwright, 40, looked cooked in 2016-18, when he was posting a 4.77 ERA over just 362.1 innings in his mid-30s. But the guy has re-emerged the last few years, and has been as good this year as he was in his prime (3.05 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 206.1 IP). You don’t typically bet on a 40-year-old to duplicate those kinds of numbers, but obviously we’ve seen some pitchers around his age hold up for another couple years. Being a command/control guy helps, though maintaining his superlative command does require great health and the physical ability to keep repeating mechanics over the long season. I’ll admit it: what he’s doing is really, really impressive.

I’ll also admit it: I hope this year is the end of the line, and next year is one of those “oh, man, you prolly shoulda gone out on top”-type seasons.

UPDATE: Huge money, but it’s only a one-year deal and he really was that good, so:


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