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08:07 AM ET 11.05 | Now more than 200 innings and 34 starts removed from the elbow surgery that erased his 2011 season, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright appears to be back on the track toward pre-surgery form. [Wainwright] could face a pivotal decision for his long-term career. The righthander is entering the final year of his contract with the Cardinals and both sides have expressed an interest in discussing an extension. When it comes to their future together, there's no time like the present. "In brief talks with (Cardinals executives) they feel real good about me coming back for a long time, and I want to make that happen," Wainwright said. "I don't see any reason why we shouldn't make that happen. ... It's not like I have one foot out the door (to free agency)."

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November 5, 2012  08:44 AM ET

Absolutely - give him a 3-5 year deal with club options for 4-2 more (or some mix in there). He has been one of the best for the Cards through the years and is showing his form returning after this year (continued to get better during the year).

November 5, 2012  09:16 AM ET

I just hope he remembers that the Cards took of him and don't ask for the world because you will not get it in St. Louis.

November 5, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Absolutely - give him a 3-5 year deal with club options for 4-2 more (or some mix in there). He has been one of the best for the Cards through the years and is showing his form returning after this year (continued to get better during the year).

Agreed. Lock this guy up, he's a proven winner.

November 5, 2012  11:04 AM ET

It's not like I have one foot out the door (to free agency).

Not yet, anyways.

November 5, 2012  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It's not like I have one foot out the door (to free agency).Not yet, anyways.

Depends on the negotiations and how they transpire. St. Louis will NOT leverage the future to any great extent. And there are some great arms in the pipeline - so I hope he doesn't get too greedy....

November 5, 2012  03:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Depends on the negotiations and how they transpire. St. Louis will NOT leverage the future to any great extent. And there are some great arms in the pipeline - so I hope he doesn't get too greedy....

I really don't think he will. He's a pretty level headed guy and seems to genuinely want to stay in STL, unlike some people who will remain nameless.

As long as it's a fair offer from the Cardinals, look for Adam will be here long term.

November 5, 2012  05:53 PM ET

wiseup: locking up Wainwright would be a wise choice, even if it cost management a little more. If Loshe 9 ( which it looks like ) and who knows how long Carpenter will be effective. The Cardinals have Rosenthal and Kelley, both could start. That leaves Garcia And Lynn or Some combination. Wainwright seems to be the key to holding rotation together.

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November 6, 2012  03:44 AM ET

Really tough to give him elite money ($18M+) being two years remove from an elite season--he was actually below league average in his first year back. I'd like to see something similar to Yadi's deal--5 at $75M--but I think it's going to take 6 at $90M+.

If he puts together 16+ wins, 200 Ks and an ERA around 3.00 this year, he could go into the offseason as the top free agent behind Cano and Lincecum--each will pull nine figures if they hit the market.

 
November 6, 2012  09:17 AM ET

I think it is smart to sign Waino for this reason: looking a couple of years down the road, Carp is retired, Westbrook is gone. The rotation is made up of young starters like Garcia, Lynn, Miller, Rosenthal, Kelly, etc. A veteran presence like Adam would be a tremendous asset in that situation.

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