On December 13, 2003 the Atlanta Braves traded Jason Marquis, Ray King and a minor league pitching prospect to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for J.D. Drew and Eli Marrero. Basically this was one of those trades where no one seemed to get a raw deal. There is one part of it that probably stings for the Braves and the Cardinals are still thankful for. That minor league pitcher the Braves gave up was Adam Wainwright.
It was no surprise when Wainwright burst onto the scene and was successful from the first pitch. He continued that string of success until he went down to Tommy-John surgery and missed all of the 2011 season. His return in 2012 was very good with his numbers just falling a little bit. Another off-season in the books and even stronger and healthier, Wainwright is likely to have a big year in 2013.
Not only is he healthy and looking good in the spring games. Also this is his final season under contract for the Cardinals. Chances are he will show up in a big enough way to really be a big name on the free agent market. The Cardinals are sure to compete so he won’t be trade fodder as long as nothing strange happens. At the first sign of his normal cy-young caliber form, I would want him signed for another long term deal if I were the Cardinals.