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Adam Wainwright plans to continue pitching beyond 2018

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Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright has been out since mid-May due to an elbow injury. The right-hander will begin a minor league rehab stint in the hopes of coming back and helping the Cardinals down the stretch.

Wainwright will soon turn 37 years old and is a free agent after the season, so there has been some thought that this might be his final season. However, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Wainwright plans to continue pitching in 2019. Wainwright said, “I want to see how things end [this year]. But it would be really surprising to me if I came out and said I’m retiring.”

Wainwright added, “I don’t need a farewell tour. If that means after the season if I need to do something else to the back side of my elbow that I’ve never heard anybody else have in the history of the game, then I’ll do [it] and we’ll see. But at the moment, I’m not thinking about postseason [excluding the playoffs] stuff just yet.”

In four starts this season, Wainwright gave up nine runs (eight earned) on 19 hits and 14 walks with 15 strikeouts in 18 innings. He has missed time due to injury in three of his last four seasons. If Wainwright were to continue pitching beyond this year, he would likely have to settle for a minor league contract.

Report: Padres have made offers to both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

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Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.

Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.

The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.

Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.