The St. Louis Cardinals have plenty of question marks at the back of their rotation.
Adam Wainwright is going to be 41 years old next year, and while he performed well in 2022, it is fair to wonder what is left in the tank. Steven Matz suffered through an injury plagued season and is a question mark as well. Jack Flaherty had displayed the potential to be an ace in the past but has also battled injuries. Adding another piece to the middle or back of the rotation makes plenty of sense.
Enter Michael Wacha. There was a time when he appeared to be a top of the rotation mainstay for the Cardinals himself although injuries ended those hopes. Since leaving the Cardinals after the 2019 season, he has bounced around, spending time with three different organizations over the past three years as he filled out the back of the rotation.
He finally rediscovered his seemingly long lost form last year. Wacha posted a 3.32 ERA and a 1.115 WHiP in his 127.2 innings with the Red Sox, striking out 104 batters with 31 walks. He may end up commanding a one or two year deal in free agency, but he would be the type of pitcher that the Cardinals need.
It has been years since Michael Wacha suited up for the St. Luis Cardinals. It is time to bring him back home.