It's official, Adam Wainwright is headed for Tommy John surgery. The process can take between 12 and 18 months so it could take him into a good chunk of 2012 before we see Mr.Wainwright take the mound again. Also, the way Wainwright's contract is written, his final two years of his contract 2012 and 2013 may be voided because of this injury, making him a free agent. We'll all have to stay tuned on how that will play out. My guess is the Cardinals and Wainwright will come to some sort of agreement, it's in both parties best interest.
Huge blow for NL only leagues as Wainwright, outside of Tim Mlincecum, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay was probably the next best pitcher in the National League. This injury to Wainwright is going to make all NL Only league starters in your draft cost more come draft day. Simply put, those Wainwright dollars will have to go elsewhere in terms of starting pitching. So any starting pitcher who is a #3 starter on up, you can figure that player will go the higher end of his range and maybe another $2 or $3 more on top that. So if you had a starter in mind for your draft and figured he would go between $15 and $18 that pitcher may now go $20 now.
The way the Cardinals are built, they are very top heavy and this is a huge blow to their chances for 2011. If the Cardinals are out of the race come July, I would not be surprised to see them trade Chris Carpenter for some big prospects. Keep in mind the Cardinals system outside of Shelby Miller and Zack Cox is pretty thin. I have been a big fan of Mr.Wainwright going back to when he was in the Braves organization. I hope he can have a speedy recover and be ready for opening day for 2012.
NL King - C.Lizza