Well that was fast. It’s barely October and Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals have agreed to terms of a 1-year contract with the Cardinals. The amount of money and the incentives of the 1-year contract were not made public as of Thursday afternoon. The story was first reported by 101 ESPN Cardinals insider and writer for the Athletic.com, Mark Saxon.
Wainwright recently turned 37-years-old in August. Saxon told the Kevin Wheeler Show, “I think he’s going to compete for the 5th spot in the rotation.” In 2019, this will be Wainwright’s 15th season. Saxon also said, “If the Cardinals are counting on him to be a big part of their rotation, I think it’s a mistake. I think another reason there’s interest in doing this (deal), especially with launch angle, no one has as good of a curveball as Wainwright.”
Cardinals, Chairman Bill DeWitt. Jr. said of Wainwright on MLB.com, “His value to our team stretches far beyond the box score, and he showed by season’s end that he is still ready and able to compete.”
When digging into Wainwright’s health struggles in 2018, he missed almost 150 days on the Disabled List because of elbow and hamstring issues. His last start was against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in September. He finished the season 2-4 with a 4.46 ERA.