Two years after Tommy John surgery, Adam Wainwright gets paid

The St. Louis Cardinals have made Adam Wainwright a richer man.  The Cardinals' de-facto ace (Chris Carpenter still holds that title until he officially retires) has pithed well enough to earn himself a five-year, $97 million extension.  The deal comes just two years after Wainwright underwent Tommy John surgery.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the extension applies to the year beyond this one.  Wainwright will play out this season while earning his already-scheduled $13 million for the season.  This means, the Cardinals will have Wainwright through the 2018 season.  Wainwright was ready to call off negotiations, but as the season fast-approached both sides were able to come to an agreement.

And with this agreement, Wainwright becomes the poster boy for Tommy John surgery (he may have to share the poster with Stephen Strasburg).  Two year removed from what used to be considered a devastating procedure, Wainwright was able to get a large contract extension.  He was able to do so based on performance, not nostalgia.  So, pitchers should continue to fear the procedure less and less.

In 2012, Wainwright's first season back from Tommy John, he went 13-13 with a 3.94 ERA.  It took him some time to regain himself on the mound, but in the second half of last season, Wainwright went 7-5 with a 3.28 ERA.

In his career, Wainwright has proven himself as being capable of ace duties.  He finished third in Cy Young voting in 2009.  He finished second in Cy Young voting in 2010.  In his career, Wainwright has an 80-48 record to go along with a 3.15 ERA.

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