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MLB Rumors: Latest Buzz on Adam Wainwright, Sandy Alcantara and More

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2021

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright throws to the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Jeffrey Phelps/Associated Press

The playoffs are nearly upon us, but that doesn't mean there aren't some whispers in the October air. 

There are always rumors, no matter the month. Below, we'll break down some of the latest buzz around Major League Baseball.  

                   

Adam Wainwright

Amid a 17-game winning streak, a clinched playoff berth and Nolan Arenado's public comments that he'll be returning to the St. Louis Cardinals next season, there is one question in St. Louis that threatens to curb the good vibes, at least a little: What is Adam Wainwright's future?

Well, more good news, Cardinals fans—it sounds as though the pitcher is a solid bet to return despite his pending free agency. Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Wainwright and the club are encouraged by introductory negotiations and are hopeful they'll agree on a contract in the near future for the veteran's return."

Wainwright, 40, has enjoyed an excellent season, going 17-7 with a 3.05 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 174 strikeouts in 206.1 innings. Longevity is not proving to be a concern for the longtime star, who has spent his entire 16-year MLB career in St. Louis. 

It would be odd to see him pitch anywhere else.

                  

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Sandy Alcantara

Sandy Alcantara has a long way to go before he can boast the sort of career Wainwright's compiled, but he's off to a good start. The 26-year-old has put together a strong 2021 campaign, going 9-14 with a 3.09 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 195 strikeouts in 200.2 innings. 

So it's no surprise that the otherwise hapless Miami Marlins want to ensure he's with the club for years to come.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, "There's growing optimism—with both sides—that the Marlins and Alcantara will be able to agree to a multiyear contract. Discussions have been ongoing."

Jackson added that Alcantara isn't eligible to hit free agency until after the 2024 season. 

A year after shocking baseball and making the postseason, the Marlins haven't had much to feel good about in 2021. But the prospect of Alcantara remaining with the club for years to come should be something of a balm. 

                             

Bryan Reynolds

Don't expect Bryan Reynolds to escape Pittsburgh anytime soon. 

According to Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic, "In July, the Pirates rebuffed trade overtures about Reynolds from several clubs, including what a source described as 'big-time offers' from the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves. He's not going anywhere."

And why trade him? Reynolds is in a breakthrough year, hitting .298 with 24 dingers, 89 RBI, 91 runs and a .902 OPS. He was an All-Star this season, likely the first of many for the 26-year-old. Plus, he isn't eligible for free agency until 2026. 

At some point, it appears he'll get paid major money. In the interim, there's little reason for the cellar-dwelling Pirates to even entertain trading him, though teams will surely keep inquiring. 

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