JUPITER, Fla. -- Dialogue between Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and Steve Hammond, the agent for starter Adam Wainwright, remains ongoing, Mozeliak said, as the two sides continue to work toward an agreement that would keep Wainwright in St. Louis beyond this season.
Wainwright, who is due $12 million this year, will be a free agent at the end of the year if an extension is not reached before then. Both sides have expressed an interest in working out a deal that would keep Wainwright in St. Louis for the long term.
"We're still talking, which is encouraging," Mozeliak said. "I think any time you're talking, there's a level of optimism."
Though neither side has set a deadline for the negotiations, Mozeliak said that he'd like some clarity by Opening Day, which is 25 days away.
"There's no line in the sand. No one is demanding anything," Mozeliak said. "But once you get in-season, it's hard to focus on these things. There's no reason you can't revisit it at the All-Star break or something like that. But you don't see many extensions done in April, May. We're all working to try and reach a positive outcome. We'll see."
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