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St. Louis Cardinals to re-sign right-hander Adam Wainwright

Sep 26, 2020; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) pitches during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright, who ranks among St, Louis Cardinals’ all-time leaders in several pitching categories, agreed to re-sign with the team for the 2021 season, according to multiple reports Thursday.

The one-year agreement is worth $8 million, with opportunities for performance incentives. It marks the third consecutive year that Wainwright has re-upped with the Cardinals on a one-year contract.

Wainwright, 39, is coming off of a stellar season in the truncated 2020 campaign affected by COVID-19. The three-time All-Star led the Cardinals in wins (five), innings (65 2/3) and strikeouts (54), going 5-3 in 10 starts with a 3.15 ERA, including both of the team’s complete games. He has lowered his ERA in three consecutive season.

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A 2006 World Series winner and postseason hero, Wainwright has spent his entire 15-year career with the Cardinals. He has a 167-98 career record with a 3.38 ERA in 393 appearances (326 starts). He enjoyed a five-year span from 2009-14 when he had 19 or more wins four times, including 20-win seasons in 2010 and 2014. He did not pitch in 2011 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

In all-time Cardinals club rankings, Wainwright ranks third in wins, fourth among pitchers in games started (326) and WAR (36.9) and sixth in innings pitched (2,169 1/3). He also ranks second in franchise history in strikeouts (1,830) — behind only Hall of Famer Bob Gibson.

The Cardinals still have another pair of key free agents unsigned in nine-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina and two-time Gold Glove second baseman Kolten Wong.

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–Field Level Media