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2011 may be Wainwright's last in St. Louis

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08:12 AM ET 03.18 | Adam Wainwright, heading into Tommy John rehab, isn't thinking about setbacks. "I'm thinking about getting ready. I'm thinking about helping this team next year." He then paused. "Helping some team next year." And that's the rub. Wainwright's second-place finish in the Cy Young Award voting last year vested the $21-million option for 2012 and 2013. Both years must be exercised at the same time, but the club has an escape clause built into the deal signed in March 2008. If Wainwright finishes 2011 on the disabled list, which he will because of the elbow surgery, the team can elect not to take the option. Wainwright, who will be 30 when this current contract expires, would be a free agent.

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March 18, 2011  08:16 AM ET

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They had better not use any escape clause! Sign him NOW!

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March 18, 2011  09:06 AM ET

So, the Cardinals have lost Wainwright, the Phillies have lost Utley and the Giants had their fluke last year. BravesRunNL in 2011!!!!!

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March 18, 2011  09:46 AM ET

2 yrs/$42M for someone coming off major reconstructive surgery at age 31? Nobody's that stupid. They may try to resign him, but at a lower rate. For comparison sake, Tim Hudson got 3 yrs/$28M coming off similar surgery after proving (at the end of the previous year) that his arm was sound.

March 18, 2011  09:53 AM ET
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So, the Cardinals have lost Wainwright, the Phillies have lost Utley and the Giants had their fluke last year. BravesRunNL in 2011!!!!!

LOLOL yeah okay

March 18, 2011  10:00 AM ET

the management isn't going to sign anyone (i.e. Pujols). They aren't in this gig build a winning team they are in it for money in their pockets. This management (as I have said all along) is the worst in professional sports and the Cardinals are slowlt becoming a joke of a franchise.

March 18, 2011  10:10 AM ET

Gone.

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March 18, 2011  10:18 AM ET
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the management isn't going to sign anyone (i.e. Pujols). They aren't in this gig build a winning team they are in it for money in their pockets. This management (as I have said all along) is the worst in professional sports and the Cardinals are slowlt becoming a joke of a franchise.

Bitter much?

March 18, 2011  10:20 AM ET
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NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!They had better not use any escape clause! Sign him NOW!

There is no way in the world that StL lets him go...

21m over 2 seasons for one of the Top3 pitchers in the game is a bargain.

They will pick up the option and watch him return to health.

Don't believe me...just see Kyle Lohse, and Chris Carpenter...both had the same injury and went to same doctor.

It usually takes about a season to recover and they will be better than new.

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March 18, 2011  10:42 AM ET
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After they sign Pujlos the Cards won't have any money left - that's exactly what they are thinking, agreed?

Agreed but what they are thinking and the truth is probably 2 different things!

March 18, 2011  10:43 AM ET
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2 yrs/$42M for someone coming off major reconstructive surgery at age 31? Nobody's that stupid. They may try to resign him, but at a lower rate. For comparison sake, Tim Hudson got 3 yrs/$28M coming off similar surgery after proving (at the end of the previous year) that his arm was sound.

It's $21M total for 2012/2013, so it's actually very reasonable for someone of Adam's caliber. I think this article is stupid. There is no way they let Wainwright go, regardless of the surgery.

March 18, 2011  10:44 AM ET
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I believe it is a distinct possibility - that AP is gone. They can then keep the rotation in take and that is probably more important.

That's a possibility Lou and I'm not even worried about it! If he wants the big bucks that no one "deserves", let him find a sucker team to give them to him!

 
March 18, 2011  10:44 AM ET
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There is no way in the world that StL lets him go...21m over 2 seasons for one of the Top3 pitchers in the game is a bargain.They will pick up the option and watch him return to health.Don't believe me...just see Kyle Lohse, and Chris Carpenter...both had the same injury and went to same doctor.It usually takes about a season to recover and they will be better than new.

Agreed. Matt Morris is another one. Came back and won 22 games in his first season as a starter. They aren't letting Wainwright walk out the door.

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