We feel pretty sad for Adam Wainwright. The poor guy just has to sit and watch his team complete a ridiculous rally during the regular season to make it to the playoffs as the National League Wild Card. Then, he has to watch them win the NLDS, the NLCS, and go through the World Series by the skin of their teeth. Game 6 might have been enough to make him cry. He was not a player, but a spectator through this entire roller coaster season.
But the news of the St. Louis Cardinals picking up his two-year contract option for 2012-13 must have made his day. The 30-year old right-hander, who won 20 games for St. Louis last season, is rehabbing from the Tommy John surgery he underwent back in February that sidelined him for the entire season. He threw his final bullpen session just before his team walked off to beat Texas in Game 6 of the World Series on Thursday.
General Manager John Mozeliak had this to say about the move on Wainwright:
“Obviously we just wanted to be smart and make sure his rehab was going well, but we never had any doubts we’d be picking up the option.”
Wainwright, who will make $9 million next season and $12 million in 2013, went 20-11 with an outstanding 2.42 ERA last year, making his very first All-Star team. He finished second behind Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay in the Cy Young Award voting.
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