(BaseballSTL) -- This week Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw signed the largest contract for a pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball. The 25-year old lefty got a 7-year, $215 million deal from Los Angeles which is more than twice the total amount Adam Wainwright received from the Cardinals last March.
The Cards ace received a 5-year, $97.5 million contract during spring training. Wainwright is 31 years old, making him an “old man” compared to Kershaw. But that is still a very wide gap between statistically the top two pitchers in the National League.
Does he regret not pushing for even more money now that he sees how much was out there?
“I have no regrets,” Wainwright said. “When I signed that deal that was the deal I wanted to sign. I didn’t have to sign it. We worked to get to a number that I felt was fair for both sides. But this is where I wanted to be. Could I have made more money on the free agent market? Absolutely. But you can’t buy happiness. And I’m not going to be any happier than where I am right now.”
And what constitutes happiness for the Cards ace and leader?
“I love the city. Pulling up to the stadium and seeing the Arch everyday is such a treat,” Wainwright said.”
Kershaw’s age (six years younger), the market he’s in (Los Angeles compared to St. Louis) and overall dominance led to him getting far more money. But apparently Wainwright is not even remotely concerned with his compensation relative to others.