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MLB News and Notes for 31st of October 2022

As the World Series shifts to Philadelphia for Game 3 Monday night, all eyes are on the Fall Classic. Still, for 28 other teams, they are trying to get an early jump on the offseason with everything from hiring managers to making decisions on some of their own players.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories outside of the World Series over the last week.

Cardinals Set To Have Two Stars Return

Despite being knocked out by the Philadelphia Phillies in the WC round, the St. Louis Cardinals delivered some good news to fans on a couple of stars for the 2023 season.

First, the Cardinals announced that the club had signed veteran starter Adam Wainwright to a one-year contract for the upcoming season. The contract is for $17.5 million ($10 million deferred), and he can earn bonuses for a number of starts, CY Young voting, and other benchmarks.

The 41-year-old Wainwright will be returning for his 19th season, all with the Cardinals. This season, in 32 starts, he went 11-12 with a 3.71 ERA, 1.283 WHIP, and he struck out 143 in 191.2 innings.

While he didn’t follow his buddies Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols out the door after this season, it does appear that 2023 will be his last. After the deal had been finalized, Wainwright told reporters that this would be his final season.

Currently sitting at an all-time record of 195-117 with a 3.38 ERA, Wainwright should be able to eclipse the 200-win marker, and he has a great opportunity to eventually be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

The other good news for Cardinals’ fans involved star third baseman Nolan Arenado. According to The Athletic’s Katie Woo, he is foregoing his ability to opt-out of his contract and will play out the last five years for $144 million.

The 31-year-old Arenado was fantastic with St. Louis this year, hitting .293/.358/.533 with 30 home runs, 103 runs batted in, 73 runs scored, and five stolen bases, all while playing at a Gold Glove level at third base.

After winning the NL Central by seven games over the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cardinals hope to have a big offseason to help push their chances of a deeper playoff run next season. With Wainwright and Arenado now in the fold, those are two major things that the organization can cross off its list ahead of free agency.

Springer Has Surgery

According to The Athletic’s Kaitlyn McGrath, George Springer had surgery on his right elbow in order to remove a bone spur. The surgery is not expected to prevent him from being ready for spring training for the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 33-year-old All-Star outfielder played well for Toronto this season. In 513 at bats, he hit .267/.342/.472 with 25 home runs, 76 runs batted in, 89 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases.

Unfortunately, Springer’s season ended on a sour note as he was taken off the field via a cart in their Wild Card loss to the Mariners after he and Bo Bichette ran into each other going for a ball. This surgery is seen as unrelated to that incident, though, as it was his left shoulder (in addition to a concussion) that he hurt in that collision.

When healthy, Springer still can play at a high level, although injuries have added up over the years. In nine major league seasons, he has eclipsed 600 at bats only once, and this year was the first year that he had eclipsed 500 at bats since the 2018 season.

Still, Springer is a major part of an offense that ranked fourth in the majors this season, averaging 4.78 runs per game.

J.D. Martinez To Become Free Agent

According to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman, it appears as if J.D. Martinez will become a free agent this offseason as the Red Sox do not intend to extend him a qualifying offer.

Last season, the 35-year-old Martinez hit .274/.341/.448 with 16 home runs, 62 runs batted in, and 76 runs scored in 533 at bats with Boston.

That is a far cry from the 43 home runs and 130 runs batted in that he had in 2018 with Boston, but even at an advanced age, there will still likely be interest elsewhere in Martinez.

Martinez wasn’t the only news coming out of Boston. It appears as if there is a sizable gap between the Red Sox and third baseman Rafael Devers in extension talks.

While Devers is still under contract for one more year, this is a huge concern for Red Sox fans as the 26-year-old is a cornerstone of the offense. This season, he hit .295/.358/.521 with 27 home runs, 88 runs batted in, and 84 runs scored in 555 at bats.

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