ST. LOUIS – Adam Wainwright isn’t calling it quits just yet.
The longtime St. Louis Cardinals pitcher is expected to return for the 2023 season, according to Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold reported on the decision first.
“We’re super excited that he’s coming back,” Mozeliak said.
He and Wainwright started talking about the veteran pitcher returning for another season back in September.
“September didn’t go the way he really wanted it to, but we really do feel that there’s something left in that tank, and we all know how competitive he is, we know how special he is in that clubhouse, and what he means to this organization,” Mozeliak said.
Wainwright just completed his 17th MLB season with a respectable 3.71 earned run average, 11 wins and 143 strikeouts over 191.2 innings pitched this season. He also broke a baseball record with Yadier Molina in mid-September for most starts as a MLB battery.
Mozeliak said he and Wainwright spoke Wednesday morning. “He’s excited. He’s energized, and obviously he’s thinking about how we look at our roster next year, and you’re always going to be needing pitching, and so having him come back is certainly helpful for all of us.”
After the Cardinals season ended Oct. 8 against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wainwright said, “We’ll see” about his future plans beyond the 2022 season, but noted he hoped to come to a decision soon. The comments come as two Cardinals legends, Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols, retired after the Cardinals’ most recent postseason series loss a few weeks ago.