Cardinals’ Wainwright is still aiming high
ST. LOUIS — At 37, Adam Wainwright remains confident in his ability to still be effective on the mound for the Cardinals.
Wainwright made just eight starts in an injury-plagued 2018 season, giving up 12 earned runs on 22 hits in 22 1-3 innings. He still struck out 25 and walked just four, but it was a frustrating season: He had a hamstring injury and started the season on the disabled list. He came back and made three starts. Then he returned to the 60-day DL with a sore right elbow.
In his rehab outing before returning in September, Wainwright pitched 17 scoreless innings. His best outing was a two-hit, six-inning scoreless outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his next-to-last start.
Wainwright showed himself and the Cardinals he could still pitch.
“I want to win. There’s still a big part of me that thinks that I’m going to win a Cy Young,” Wainwright said. “So, I mean, even if that’s pitching in
middle relief, I’d be the first one to ever do that.”
Last October, Wainwright inked a one-year contract worth $2 million plus bonus incentives. That deal followed a five-year, $97.5 million contract that had expired.
He will be entering his 15th season with the Cardinals.
His career in St. Louis has been a good one. He has 148 wins in his 14 seasons. Wainwright is two wins shy of becoming the fifth Cardinal pitcher and first since Bob Forsch to win 150 games.
Wainwright was the runner-up for the Cy Young Award in 2010 and 2013. He also finished third twice.
INDIANS: Cleveland signed free agent outfielder Matt Joyce and reliever Alex Wilson to minor league contracts. The deals include invites to spring training camp.
Joyce, 34, spent the past two seasons with the Oakland Athletics. The 32-year-old Wilson pitched in 59 games for Detroit last season, posting a 3.36 ERA.
TWINS: Minnesota agreed to a minor league contract with journeyman infielder Adam Rosales and first baseman Lucas Duda, which includes invitations to big league spring training.
Rosales hit .211 in 13 games for Cleveland last year. He is a career .226 hitter with 48 home runs and 179 RBIs in 11 years with Cincinnati, Oakland, Texas, San Diego, Arizona and Cleveland.
ROYALS: Right-hander Homer Bailey and Kansas City agreed to a minor contract that includes an invitation to big league spring training.
The 32-year-old has spent his entire 12-year career in Cincinnati, making 212 starts and going 67-77 with a 4.56 ERA.