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 World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit President Trump in the White House on February 15. Some have speculated that manager Álex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico and has been critical of Trump and has been a big factor in Hurricane Maria relief efforts, might not go as a form of protest. Thus far, nothing concrete has been reported on that front.
However, third baseman Rafael Devers says he isn’t going to join the Red Sox on their visit to the White House, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Devers would prefer to focus on baseball, as the Red Sox open spring training on February 13 and position players have to report on February 17. Per Chris Mason, Devers also said via a translator, “The opportunity was presented and I just wasn’t compelled to go.”
Devers hails from the Dominican Republic and he, like many of Major League Baseball’s foreign-born player base, might not be happy about Trump’s immigration policies. Understandably, he is being tight-lipped about his motivation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Devers is making a silent protest by choosing not to attend. He is thus far the only member of the team to bow out.
Devers, 22, hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 home runs, 66 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 490 plate appearances last season.
Last year, when the Astros visited Trump at the White House, they did so without Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltrán. Both are from Puerto Rico. It is certainly not unprecedented for individual players to opt out of the White House visit.
No word yet on what food will be served during Boston’s trip to the nation’s capital, but the smart money is on hamberders.