That comparison was probably more oriented to the player’s view, as Wainwright is older and has a lower career WAR than the others in that initial analysis.
So in looking at the situation from another perspective, let’s review two pitchers who recently signed contracts at money that might be considered the next tier lower than Cole Hamels and the like.
Interestingly, they both agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, a club Cardinals fans know is not hesitant to spend money.
These two pitchers settled for five-year deals with average annual values (AAV) in the $15.5 million to $17 million range and full no-trade protection (NTC).
|Pitcher||Date||Yrs||Guarantee||AAV||Start yr||Start age||End yr||End age||NTC||Career WAR|
Do these contracts change your view of what the Cardinals should offer Wainwright?