JUPITER, Fla (KMOV.com) -- The Cardinals really must be looking forward to the day when they don’t have a massive contract extension staring them in the face during spring training.
Two years ago the Cards were faced with the possible (and eventual) free agency of Albert Pujols. Last year it was Yadier Molina’s turn. Unlike Pujols, Molina resigned with the team.
This year it was Adam Wainwright. And when the two sides agreed to a five year deal worth reportedly $97.5 million dollars, it ended what owner Bill DeWitt described as a stressful situation.
“It’s stressful. Anytime you deal with a contract that’s long and (has) a long financial commitment it’s difficult,” he said. “There are times when you think it won’t get done and there are times when you think ‘we’re not that far apart’.”
GM John Mozeliak says having the 31-year old signed through 2018 is critical to the team’s future.
“We’ve always believed if we have to go to the free agent market to build this club it’s not going to be a successful model,” Mozeliak said. “You hear us talk a lot about sustaining success. Keeping these types of players in house and on this club for years to come we feel we’ll benefit from it long term.”