“There are some things I really like about our chances of winning this year,” continued Wainwright. “To be honest, I wouldn’t write back (otherwise). I would have gone elsewhere. “
Stepping into the winter, the Cardinals insisted that their priority was to re-sign Wainwright and Molina and allow both “Legacy” players to end their careers as Cardinals together. Competitive offers from competing teams like the San Diego Padres earlier this week prompted the Cardinals to upgrade their offer to Wainwright. He agreed to a one-year $ 8 million deal that he believed was less expensive than two other teams on offer.
“I’m coming home,” he explained.
When he does, it looks like a familiar face is crouching behind it.
According to a source, the Cardinals are expecting a one-year deal with Molina when he returns from the Caribbean Series in Mazatlan, Mexico. Molina, 38, was the batsman for the Puerto Rico championship team and the tournament representative.
Wainwright, 39, said he and Molina had spoken several times a week throughout the winter. On Thursday evening, shortly after agreeing to the cardinals, he spoke to Molina, who was in full fishing gear and standing in front of a shelter.
The cardinals’ activity came after a few quiet months and within a few weeks of spring training.