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Adam Wainwright wants to pitch for Cardinals in 2020

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The Cardinals signed president of baseball operations John Mozeliak and manager Mike Shildt to three-year extensions on Tuesday, but it may be the most action the team takes this offseason. The Athletic’s Mark Saxon reported that the Cardinals have “practically no financial flexibility,” foreshadowing what could be a cold offseason.

They have at least one player falling into their lap, however. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that free agent pitcher Adam Wainwright wants to pitch for the Cardinals again in 2020, according to Mozeliak.

Wainwright, 38, re-signed with the Cardinals on an incentive-laden one-year, $2 million contract around this time last year. He had a decent year, going 14-10 with a 4.19 ERA and a 153/64 K/BB ratio across 171 2/3 innings while hitting all of his incentives, adding an extra $8 million to his salary. The veteran was quite good in the postseason as well, tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Braves in Game 3 of the NLDS, and allowing three runs over 7 1/3 innings against the Nationals in Game 2 of the NLCS.

If the Cardinals and Wainwright do agree on a deal, it will likely be for another relatively low base salary with salary escalators based on appearances.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.