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Adam Wainwright returns to the Cardinals on one-year deal

Adam Wainwright, Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have re-signed right-handed starting pitcher Adam Wainwright to a one-year deal, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

This hardly comes as a surprise, as Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said earlier this month that the club was working on bringing Wainwright back.

Wainwright is coming off of a bounceback 2019 campaign in which he went 14-10 with a 4.19 ERA, allowing 181 hits while striking out 153 batters over 171.2 innings of work.

He missed most of 2018 due to elbow issues.

The 38-year-old was originally selected by the Atlanta Braves in the first round (29th pick overall) of the 2000 MLB Draft, but he never actually played a game for the Braves before being traded to the Cardinals in a deal that sent J.D. Drew to Atlanta back in December 2003.

He made his big-league debut in 2005, pitching in two games out of the bullpen. He then became an integral piece of St. Louis’ bullpen in 2006, making 61 relief appearances and going 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA, surrendering 64 hits while fanning 72 hitters across 75 frames.

Wainwright then became a full-time starter the following season, going 14-12 with a 3.70 ERA while giving up 212 hits and registering 136 punchouts through 202 innings.

He had a breakout year in 2009, going 19-8 with a 2.63 ERA, and from that point through 2014, Wainwright made three All-Star teams and finished in the top three in NL Cy Young award voting four times (although he missed all of 2011 due to Tommy John surgery).

Since 2015, Wainwright has been in and out of the rotation due to arm trouble, and when he has pitched, he has not been nearly as effective as he was during his prime.

The Brunswick, Ga. native has gone 162-95 with a 3.39 ERA over the course of his major-league career.