Wainwright has contract renewed

Wainwright has contract renewed

JUPITER, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright had no major gripes on Wednesday when the Cardinals renewed his contract, rather than agreeing to terms with the right-hander on a 2008 salary. He knows his time is coming.

Wainwright and Anthony Reyes were the only Cardinals players who couldn't come to an agreement with the club on 2008 contracts. Both pitchers had the deals renewed, a right that every team has with players who have not yet accrued enough Major League service time to be eligible for arbitration.

Next season, Wainwright will almost certainly be arbitration-eligible, drastically changing the dynamic of negotiations. For the time being, he shrugged off his renewal, which provides him with an '08 salary of $448,000 -- the highest of any pre-arbitration Cardinal.

"Sometimes players and management don't agree on numbers and you get renewed," Wainwright said. "That's part of the game. It's part of the process. I don't have any ill will towards Mo [general manager John Mozeliak] or the organization for it. I just don't necessarily agree with the number that we reached.

"I don't have a bad word to say about anybody in the front office."

Reyes declined to comment on the renewal or any aspect of his contract negotiations.

"I'm not talking about," he said. "It is what it is."

An additional 16 players reached an agreement with the Cardinals on new pacts, meaning that every member of the 40-man roster is now under contract. Those agreeing to new deals were Brian Barden, Brian Barton, Chris Duncan, Cody Haerther, Blake Hawksworth, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Kelvin Jimenez, Tyler Johnson, Josh Kinney, Ryan Ludwick, Joe Mather, Kyle McClellan, Jason Motte, Mike Parisi, Brendan Ryan, Skip Schumaker, Brad Thompson and Mark Worrell.

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"Everybody was treated to the same discussions and approached by the club," said assistant general manager John Abbamondi. "A majority of the players liked what we offered them, and two did not. That's how the process works."

Wainwright said that no substantive discussions have gone on between his agent and the club regarding a deal beyond 2008. However, it's likely that at some point in the next year, such a conversation will come up.

The last two times the Cardinals had a centerpiece player reach arbitration eligibility, they signed a multiyear deal before the first hearing. Yadier Molina signed a four-year contract this past winter, and Albert Pujols signed a seven-year deal before the 2004 season.

"That's something that I leave to my representation," Wainwright said. "I just go out and pitch."

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.