ST. LOUIS - The Cardinals need to pony up and pay Adam Wainwright. Soon.
The club made the right decision to let Albert Pujols leave. They also made the right choice by locking up Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina. Now its Wainwrights turn, and the Cardinals need to do whatever it takes to bring him back as well.
Wainwright has one year remaining on his current contract and is set to become a free agent after next season. He went 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA this past season, his first since missing all of 2010 due to Tommy John surgery.
The former 20-game winner proved he was healthy by pitching a full season in 2012. And now the Cardinals need to talk with him about a long-term contract to stay in St. Louis.
Theres plenty of reasons for the Cardinals to get a deal with Wainwright done now. Heres a few of them:
1. Another Pujols situation could unfold if the club goes into next season without a new deal in place. If Wainwright gets to free agency, teams such as the Yankees, Red Sox, A...