14-13 with a nearly 4 ERA and 1.24 WHIP gets you 97 million dollars?
Jay Lenno says "I've GOT to get into pitching!"
Let's get three things out on the table before we put the scalpel to this contract:
1) Adam Wainwright is good dude. He's the kind of guy that you want as a face of your baseball team. He's easy to market, popular with the fan base and has a rare thing in professional sports: a non-offensive, but totally likable personality.
2) Our longstanding feeling on baseball contracts hasn't changed. Who gives a rip what the Cardinals are paying for players. As long as they're winning, it's not our job to pay the bills. Ticket prices, cable TV prices and beer prices are still going up, no matter what. (Ask Pirate fans). So playing accountant is silly. The Cardinals are going to make a profit no matter what the next 5 years.
3) Coming back off Tommy John surgery in 2011 made Wain-O less effective ...