Adam Wainwright missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. This came after he finished second in Cy Young voting in 2010 and third in Cy Young voting in 2009. So when he returned this past season, people were interested to see how well Wainwright could bounce back from the surgery. Well, he struggled early on but managed to finish with an ERA under 4.00. Now, Wainwright, who appears to be back to 100%, would like to sign an extension with the St. Louis Cardinals.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, both Wainwright and the Cardinals have expressed interest in working out a new deal for the 31-year old righty. Wainwright will be entering the final year of his contract in 2013, but he wants to focus on pitching - and pitching for the Cardinals.
“In brief talks with (Cardinals executives) they feel real good about me coming back for a long time, and I want to make that happen,” Wainwright said. “I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t make that happen. ... It’s not like I have one foot out the door (to free agency). If I’m being honest, they have to show they respect what I’ve done and what I will do. And they have. They have. So I don’t think it will be a problem.”This past season, Wainwright went 14-13 with a 3.94, but in his career he has posted a 3.15 ERA. In 2009, Wainwright won 19 games and had a 2.63 ERA. He followed that up in 2010 with 21 wins and a 2.42 ERA. It seemed the Cardinals had a devastating one-two punch with Wainwright and Chris Carpenter. Unfortunately, elbow issues after the 2010 season forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Now, with Wainwright healthy, it would make sense for the Cardinals to give him a long-term extension. Wainwright made $12 million last season, so the Cardinal may use that as a baseline, but his elbow injury, while completely healed, will probably play a role in negotiations.