Cardinals exercise options on Wainwright
The Cardinals officially exercised the 2012 and 2013 options on Ace Pitcher Adam Wainwright, which will bring him a total of 21 million dollars over the next two years. With this move the Cardinals have extended Chris Carpenter, Lance Berkman, and Jaime Garcia during the season as well as now Wainwright. This move now puts the Cardinals rotation set in stone for next season(unfortunately), Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, and yes sadly Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook are all under contract for next season. The Cardinals now have starting pitcher Edwin Jackson who was acquired in the Colby Rasmus trade, is the only free agent starting pitcher on the team. The great news of bringing Wainwright back also happened on the fifth anniversary of the 2006 World Series Championship where Wainwright got the last out in the game. This news made me want to look back at the wonderful yet brief career at Adam Wainwright, let’s take a look:Wainwright was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 2000 draft, 29th overall. Wainwright was later traded in what, in my mind is the best trade in recent Cardinal history which the Cardinals traded J.D. Drew and Eli Marerro for Wainwright, Jason Marquis, and Ray King.
Wainwright made his major league debut in 2005 and played in two games and allowed three runs. But it was in 2006 that Wainwright made his mark in history, after an injury to closer Jason Isringhausen the Cardinals relief pitcher became the closer and went 2-1, with 3 saves, and had a 3.12 ERA. In the postseason however Wainwright made his biggest impact where he struck out Carlos Beltran on three pitches to save game 7 of the NLCS, he also made the final out of the 2006 World Series.
After the 2006 season Wainwright became a starter where he would later be most useful. In 2009 Wainwright emerged as an Ace pitcher, he went 19-8 with a 2.63 ERA, and 212 strikeouts, he finished third in the NL Cy Young balloting, behind winner Tim Lincecum and teammate Chris Carpenter. In 2010 Wainwright continued his success going 20-11 with a 2.42 ERA, and 213 strikeouts while finishing second in the NL Cy Young balloting behind Roy Halladay. This season, Wainwright was projected to lead the rotation once again, he however required Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2011 season.