Extension talks between Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals have dragged along, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the right-hander’s agent met with the team today.
“We want to get something done before spring training ends, and that’s our goal,” agent Steve Hammond told Goold. “They have communicated clearly that they want to keep Adam here, and we’ve communicated that he wants to be here. We have to keep working on that.”
Goold indicates that the Cardinals are willing to pay Wainwright like a top-of-the-line starter, which probably means more than $20 million per season, but they’ve so far balked at the length of the contract he’s looking for at age 31. Wainwright is a season removed from Tommy John elbow surgery, so that’s understandable, but he’s also one healthy season away from almost surely topping $100 million on the open market.