Cardinals' Adam Wainwright to return for 2023 MLB season, per report

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Right-hander Adam Wainwright will go back to the St. Louis Cardinals for the 2023 season, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright had actually formerly provided a non-committal response about his status for next season.

Wainwright, 41, will be appearing in his 18th big-league season. In his very first 17, he collected a 3.38 AGE (118 AGE+) and a 3.09 strikeout-to-walk ratio, along with 46.8 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference’s computations. Last season, the righty published a 3.71 AGE (103 AGE+) and a 2.65 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 32 starts, his 3rd successive full-length season with 30-plus starts.

Wainwright just recently broke down why his efficiency weakened late in the season. As CBS Sports kept in mind then:

“[After] that game my stride length got shorter by almost a foot. Timing was thrown,” Wainwright tweeted. He included another message that he “didn’t stay diligent enough with my film work to catch it immediately,” which “what I was attributing to dead arm was an awful delivery.” Wainwright closed his thread by saying sorry to his fans and colleagues and specifying, “I owed an explanation … so there you go.”

Wainwright was frequently lumped in with retiring Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and designated player Albert Pujols as veterans all set to head into the next stage of their lives, however plainly Wainwright isn’t all set for his playing profession to be over right now.

While Wainwright has actually just ever pitched for the Cardinals in the majors — his 390 starts are the third-most in franchise history, 11 behind second-place Bob Forsch — it deserves keeping in mind that he was initially prepared by the Atlanta Braves. The Braves consequently traded him to the Cardinals as part of a five-player trade that likewise sent out Ray King and Jason Marquis to St. Louis in exchange for J.D. Drew and Eli Marrero.

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