The St. Louis Cardinals have locked up Adam Wainwright with a five-year, $97.5 million contract. That works out to an average annual value of $19.5 million per season. Ace money for a proven ace. Wainwright will earn $12 million in 2013 on the last of two club options tacked on to a four-year, $15 million deal.
Wainwright, 31, missed all of the 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, but he returned to make 32 starts for the Cardinals in 2012. Prior to his date with reconstructive elbow surgery, Wainwright last missed a significant chunk of games in 2008 with a finger injury. Wainwright, for the most part, has been a model of health since he moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation.
For his career, Wainwright holds a 3.15 ERA, 3.31 FIP, 3.57 xFIP, 20.4% K%, 6.8% BB%, and an 8.0% HR/FB rate. While those numbers are impressive, the biggest concern among the Twitter set with the near $100 million commitment to Wainwright appears to be his health.
Adam Wainwright signed a 5-year deal worth $97.5 million with the Cardinals today. Worth every penny as long as he stays healthy.
— Stephanie Hickman (@SM_Hickman) March 28, 2013
Cards just gave Wainwright $97.5 mil for 5 yrs. he’s never gunna be 100% healthy again, why give him the money?
— Josh Schwind (@schwindaddy95) March 28, 2013
Great if he stays healthy. RT @keeping_secrets: What are your thoughts on the Wainwright extension. 5 yrs 97.5 mil seems a bit steep to me.
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) March 28, 2013
I like the deal w/ #stlcards & Wainwright. Given today’s market for top-tier starters it’s a steal…if he can stay healthy
— jeremy (@JNic78) March 27, 2013
That Wainwright extension is worth it if he can stay healthy.
— Patrick Wrenn (@puzzletrax) March 27, 2013
I hate the Cards but Wainwright deserved the extension. 5 yrs/97.5 mill. If healthy he’s worth every penny. If not? Barry Zito 2.0
— Andrew Maas (@AMAAS) March 28, 2013
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