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.
A brief silver lining has found it’s way through, however. Recently, Wainwright’s agent, Steve Hammond, was...