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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright speaks during a news conference at the Cardinals spring training complex Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Jupiter, Fla. Wainwright and the Cardinals have agreed to a new five-year contract worth a reported $97.5 million. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright speaks during a news conference at the Cardinals spring training complex Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Jupiter, Fla. Wainwright and the Cardinals have agreed to a new five-year contract worth a reported $97.5 million. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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(AP) Pitcher Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to $97.5 million, five-year contract covering 2014-18 that raises his guaranteed income to $109.5 million over the next six seasons.


Wainwright had been eligible to become a free agent after the World Series. He gets $12 million this year under his previous deal, and the new agreement announced Thursday pays him $19.5 million in each of the following five years.


A 31-year-old right-hander, Wainwright was 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA last year after missing the Cardinals' World Series championship season in 2011 because of elbow surgery.


Wainwright was 20-11 with a 2.42 ERA in 2010 and was an NL All-Star.


Under Wainwright's previous contract, he was guaranteed $15 million from 2008-11, and the Cardinals had options for $9 million in 2012 and $12 million in 2013 that had to be exercised or declined simultaneously.


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