The Cardinals and 38-year-old Adam Wainwright signed a $5 million deal back in November, setting the right-hander up for his 15th season in the Majors. It’s hard to say with certainty either way if this will be Wainwright’s final season, but I’ll invite you to make your own guess.
“At the moment, we are going year to year with likelihood of this probably being it,” Wainwright told reporters in November, as Anne Rogers of MLB.com reported. “Who knows how those things work? My thought right now is only to help this team win a World Series.”
2019 Statistics: 171 2⁄3 IP, 8.02 K/9, 3.36 BB/9, 1.15 HR/9, 4.19 ERA, 4.36 FIP, 2.2 WAR
2020 FanGraphs Depth Charts Projections: 155 IP, 7.69 K/9, 3.25 BB/9, 1.22 HR/9, 4.45 ERA, 4.47 FIP, 1.7 WAR
Wainwright will definitely be the veteran of the rotation, one led by a 24-year-old Jack Flaherty. Dakota Hudson (25) and Miles Mikolas (31) have starting jobs, too, and it seems likely 28-year-old Carlos Martinez will take the open rotation spot.
Last year, Wainwright made 31 starts, reaching the 30-start mark for the first time since 2016 and for the eighth time in his career. Wainwright neared 200 innings back in 2016 (198 2/3) but hasn’t reached that plateau since 2014, when he logged 227 frames.
If this is the final year for Wainwright, it has been a very memorable ride. From going deep in his first at-bat, to securing the 2006 World Series title, to the complete game he tossed against the Pirates in Game 5 of the 2013 NLDS, there are plenty of Waino moments we won’t soon forget — if ever.
What’s your favorite Adam Wainwright memory?