The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to terms with veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright on a one-year contract for the 2019 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Wainwright will be entering his 15th season with the Cardinals in 2019, matching Bob Forsch (1974-88) for the 3rd-most seasons as a pitcher in a Redbirds uniform. Jesse Haines (18 years, 1920-37) and Bob Gibson (17 years, 1959-75) are the only pitchers ahead of them.
“Adam represents everything we think of when asked to describe a winning player, and a winning teammate,” Cardinals’ Chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr. said. “His value to our team stretches far beyond the box score, and he showed by season’s end that he is still ready and able to compete.”
Wainwright will enter the 2019 season ranked fifth all-time among Cardinals in wins (148) and second in strikeouts (1,623). The two-time World Series Champion (2006 & 2011) and three-time All-Star (2010, 2013, 2014) ranks 11th among active pitchers in win, 17th in strikeouts and eighth in ERA (3.32), despite missing significant time due to an injury in 2011, 2015 and 2018.
“Adam has proven, when healthy, that he still has the ability and the drive to contribute at the highest level,” said Cardinals’ President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. “We saw it in Spring Training, and again late in the season, that once he had overcome his ailments, he was prepared to give us a winning effort every time he took the mound. There is risk, but it is shared, and this deal gives us added depth as we look to 2019.”
Wainwright missed a total of 149 days while on the disabled list with hamstring and elbow injuries in 2018. He finished the year with a 2-4 mark and 4.46 ERA in eight games (all starts). Adam made four starts in September, striking out 25 in his 22.1 innings pitched while going 1-1 with a 4.84 ERA, as the Cardinals went 3-1 in those games. Despite making fewer September starts than his teammates, he finished third on the team in innings pitched and strikeouts last month.
A former Rawlings Gold Glove (2009 & 2013) and National League Silver Slugger (2017) award winner, Wainwright owns a career mark of 148-85 with a 3.32 ERA in 352 games (285 starts) covering 1,932.0 innings pitched. He is the Cardinals all-time leader in postseason games pitched (24) and strikeouts (96) and was on the mound for the Cardinals World Series and National League Championship Series clinching wins in 2006.