Back on September 28 some folks wondered if Adam Wainwright‘s final appearance in 2018 was his final appearance as a Cardinal or, for that matter, his final appearance in the big leagues. It was not. The Cardinals just announced that they have signed him to a one-year deal for 2019.
Wainwright, 37, made only eight starts for the Cardinals in 2018 due to elbow problems, finishing with a 4.46 ERA and in 40 and a third innings of work. He has been a below average pitcher when healthy for the past three seasons, in fact, and only pitched in seven games in 2015. One has to go back to 2014, when he won 20 games and posted a fantastic 2.38 ERA, to find him in the form which made him a fixture in the Cardinals rotation for so many years.
He will get at least one more year, however, to show the Cardinals what he can do when healthy.
The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.
Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.
The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.
Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: