It has been much discussed, on this very website even, whether or not Adam Wainwright will return to the Cardinals, if he even returns to baseball at all. The consensus was that Waino was likely throwing his last innings wearing the Birds on the Bat, but the consensus might be incorrect. Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
Since Wainwright returned from the disabled list and joined the rotation for September the Cardinals have had “general conversations” about his return to the team for 2019, general manager Michael Girsch said. There’s no urgency on either side for an agreement, just assurances of mutual interest that are expected to lead to additional talks in the coming weeks.
So Waino and the Cardinals are talking. After spending much of the season on the Disabled List, Wainwright returned and had a little success. At the right price, resigning Wainwright would make a lot a sense. It would add more rotation depth, which adds trade flexibility, maintain a veteran presence within the pitching staff, and there is, admittedly, sentimental value in keeping Waino a Cardinal. The key phrase is “at the right price”, however. Per Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors:
It’s clear that Wainwright won’t command a salary along the lines of the $19.5MM annual rate that came with his previous five-year, $97.5MM deal, but the Cards would still likely need to make a reasonable guarantee, likely with the opportunity for additional earnings via incentives.
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