Jupiter, FL (Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals made it official on
Thursday and announced a new five-year contract for pitcher Adam Wainwright.
Financial terms were not disclosed, although the Cardinals did indicate it is
the largest contract in franchise history for a pitcher. Multiple media
outlets, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on Wednesday said the deal is
worth close to $100 million.
"Adam represents everything the Cardinals look for in a player," said
Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr in a statement Thursday. "He is an elite
pitcher with a tremendous work ethic, a great teammate and leader, and a
winning, championship caliber player. He has the highest personal qualities
and personifies the Cardinals tradition of excellence."
Wainwright missed the entire 2011 season recovering from Tommy John surgery,
but bounced back with a 14-13 record last year and a 3.94 earned run average
in 198 2/3 innings over 32 starts.
The 31-year-old right-hander was a reliever during his rookie year of 2006 and
closed out the NLCS against the New York Mets before doing the same in the
World Series against Detroit. He joined the rotation the following year.
Wainwright owns a career mark of 80-48 with a 3.15 ERA in 214 games, 151 of
which have been starts. He led the National League with 19 wins in 2009 and
was second with 20 wins in 2010, the year he earned his first All-Star nod and
finished second in the Cy Young balloting.
"Knowing that Adam Wainwright will be the centerpiece of our rotation for
years to come is something that we are thrilled about for many reasons," said
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. "Adam has certainly proven to be a
true staff ace, and the leadership and mentoring that he provides will
continue to be an invaluable asset to the organization."
Wainwright's six-year deal he signed in 2008 was set to expire at the end of
the 2013 campaign.
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