Report: Adam Wainwright returning to Cardinals for 16th season

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Adam Wainwright will be returning to the St. Louis Cardinals for a 16th season after agreeing to a one-year, $8-million contract, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Wainwright, who will turn 40 in August, is a legend in St. Louis and was a key part in the team's two World Series wins in 2006 and 2011. Over his career, Wainwright has been a finalist for the Cy Young Award three times and won two Gold Gloves.

Despite his age, Wainwright remained a reliable starter for the Cardinals, posting a 5-3 record and a 3.15 ERA in 10 starts -- including two complete games -- in 2020 along with 54 strikeouts. His work with his charity Big League Impact earned him the 2020 Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to a player “who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.”

According to Heyman, the Cardinals remain interested in bringing back second baseman Kolten Wong and long-time catcher Yadier Molina. Both players are currently free agents.

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