The St. Louis Cardinals entered this off season with a glaring need: Adam Wainwright‘s contract will expire after this season.
The Cardinals have been down this road before and, while the results were a little less then ideal, they have shown that they can continue to be successful after losing a superstar type player. The situations are obviously not identical, but they are similar enough that many fans have kept a skeptical eye on the situation this spring.
Both the Cardinals and Wainwright have expressed no desire to put a deadline on these talks. At the same time, Wainwright has been very candid that his increased health and productivity is not likely to drive his price down anytime soon. The team has expressed a desire to see him in action and there seems to be a sticking point surrounding the length of the contract according to many people close to the negotiations. Both sides have expressed recently that having a deal complete before Opening Day is ideal, though not a hard and fast deadline.
A brief silver lining has found it’s way through, however. Recently, Wainwright’s agent, Steve Hammond, was out of the country and unavailable to the negotiations. He recently returned from his vacation and it appears that the two sides have reopened the discussion.
Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak was on MLB Network Radio on SirusXM recently and had the following to say to Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin:
“Right now, I feel pretty optimistic that we’re going to find a way to get things done, but there are still challenges. But from my end of things, the fact that Steve Hammond and I are speaking is a good thing.”
Thanks to MLBTR for the quote, originally seen here.
It appears that the conversations are fluid and growing closer to a resolution. As long as the sides continue to have conversations, it is fair to say that they are making progress towards a new contract.
For Cardinal fans, that would seem to be a real good thing.
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