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Wainwright deal won't be easy for Cards

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08:08 AM ET 01.21 | Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak fielded the question head-on. During his annual, and often informal, session with fans at the Winter Warm-Up, [Mozeliak] fielded a question about ace Adam Wainwright and the righty's expiring contract. He replied with general parameters -- and candor. "It's going to be long," he said. "It's going to be expensive." It is also going to be talked about soon. [Wainwright] and the Cardinals both said Saturday, the first day of the 17th annual fanfest in downtown St. Louis, that discussions about an extension are expected to spark in the coming weeks as the team prepares to report for spring training. Wainwright declined to set a deadline for an agreement, offering the team instead a more flexible timetable.

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January 21, 2013  09:44 AM ET

The history of the Cards shows that they will not go hog wild and over pay players. Wainwright has been good for the Cards, but coming off Tommy John and a lackluster 12 season, getting older, young talented pitchers waiting in the wings, and don't get greedy and ask for 15 to 20 million a year if you want to stay in St. Louis.

January 21, 2013  10:04 AM ET

I'm a bit surprised by the Cardinals trying to get a long term extension before the end of last year. They must believe he's fully healed and will return to form or they'd wait and let him prove himself before saying they are going to offer a long term, expensive contract.

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January 21, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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I'm a bit surprised by the Cardinals trying to get a long term extension before the end of last year. They must believe he's fully healed and will return to form or they'd wait and let him prove himself before saying they are going to offer a long term, expensive contract.

I think they are looking at it like this: Another year or two, Carp will be gone, Westbrook will be gone, and they'll be left with Garcia and a stable of young power arms, assuming none of them are traded. (Lynn, Miller, Rosenthal, Kelly). I think the Cards have decided that Adam is the one to lock up long term and be the veteran ace to go with all the young arms.

Personally, I have no qualms about signing him long term, as long as it doesn't get ridiculous. They should have some money to spend with the recent departures. I would get him signed.

January 21, 2013  12:00 PM ET

Wainwright deal wont be easy for the cards? what are they talking about?? as far as i can see it, the cards do not have a big deals in front of their business office, unless the cards are thinking in signing bourn to a 7 years deal,,something that i don't expect to happen!!!

January 21, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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Personally, I have no qualms about signing him long term, as long as it doesn't get ridiculous.

that's the thing sometimes the owners tend to give to players a very ridiculous long term deal,,,

January 21, 2013  12:25 PM ET
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After a decidedly average season, Wainright's return to his 2010 season form is no guaranteed lock. but you can expect him to negotiate his next contract as if it was.

wainwright has by far a big mountain to climb, first prove yourself that you are indeed well healthy, then the talks about big extension contract could begin,,,,

January 21, 2013  12:26 PM ET
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The Cards are probably trying to use the uncertainty caused by his surgery and '12 season to get him to commit long term for short money. Even mediocre pitchers are worth big bucks these days.

Kyle lohse still available though,,,

January 21, 2013  03:05 PM ET

I too hope they lock him up long term. It's a good sign that the Cards would rather work out a contract earlier than Wainwright. That points to everyone believing he'll be the same pitcher he before TJ surgery.

January 21, 2013  04:59 PM ET

He might be better...tightening the elbow ligament...it's what the dr ordered. Well probably not in his case...

 
January 21, 2013  07:19 PM ET

wiseup: If the Cardinals Refuse to sign Wainwright and let him walk, I'm sure there would be several teams in NL that would line up to make offers. Philly, Atl. and Wash,and Mil. just to name a few. I'm sure several AL. teams as well.

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