The St. Louis Cardinals have locked up their top starting pitcher, reaching agreement with right-hander Adam Wainwright on a five-year, $97.5 million contract extension, according to major-league sources.
Wainwright, 31, was set to become a free agent at the end of the season. He will earn $13 million in 2013, the final year of his current deal. His new contract will run from 2014 to ’18.
The two sides had been trying to reach agreement before Opening Day. Wainwright planned to suspend negotiations after the start of the season.
Wainwright is 80-48 with a 3.15 ERA lifetime. He went 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA last season after missing all of 2011 recovering from Tommy John surgery.