Report: Adam Wainwright to return to Cardinals in 2023 for 18th MLB season

Adam Wainwright apparently isn’t ready to hang up his baseball glove just yet.

The 41-year-old right-handed pitcher will return to the St. Louis Cardinals next year, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Wainwright holds a career record of 195-117 with a 3.38 ERA. His 2,147 strikeouts rank second in franchise history behind only Hall of Famer Bob Gibson (3,117).

Although Wainwright was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2000, he was traded to the Cardinals for JD Drew in December 2003 and spent his entire 17-year MLB career in St. Louis.

He made his MLB debut on September 11, 2005 as a relief pitcher and recorded series-defining saves for the Cardinals the following season in the Championship Series and the 2006 National League World Series.

Wainwright joined the starting rotation in 2007 and is a three-time all-star (2010, 2013 and 2014) and two-time Gold Glove Award winner (2009 and 2013).

He led the NL in victories twice (2009 and 2013) and finished in the top three in voting for the NL Cy Young Award four times.

Wainwright signed a one-year, $17.5 million contract before last season and finished with an 11-12 record, 3.71 ERA and 143 strikeouts. He also set an MLB record for most starts by battery after making his 325th appearance alongside catcher Yadier Molina.


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