Seeing Adam Wainwright in a uniform other than that of the St. Louis Cardinals would have seemed weird.
Fortunately for everyone Wainwright and the team have agreed on a new one-year deal that will see him return to the Cardinals for his 16th season.
“We are excited to have Adam returning for 2020 and look forward to watching him continue to add to his tremendous career legacy with the Cardinals,” said John Mozeliak, the team’s president of baseball operations, in a statement.
The 38-year-old Wainwright enters the 2020 season fourth all-time in Cardinals history in wins (162), second in strikeouts (1,776) and sixth in innings pitched (2,103 2/3).
Wainwright, a three-time All-Star, has won two World Series with the Cardinals. He is the Cardinals all-time leader in postseason games pitched (27) and strikeouts (115).
He has a career record of 162-95 with a 3.39 ERA in 383 games (316 starts). Last season, Wainwright was 14-10 with a 4.19 ERA in 171 2/3 innings.
Wainwright, Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas, and Dakota Hudson are all in line to be back for the Cardinals in 2020 after they each started at least 30 games last season.