Contract negotiations between Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals are on hold at the moment. This does not mean that they are far from over. Not even close. Not even by a long shot.

For years, it has appeared that the St. Louis Cardinals almost always end negotiations right around the start of Spring Training. Sometimes, they extend a few weeks into March but most of the time, there are no negotiations for contract extensions once the season has begun.

Yes, there are the rare times that an extension will be announced during the season but usually, the player is not in his final year of the contract.

The case with Wainwright, though, appears that there is no deadline in question.

Wainwright went on the record as saying that “the door is still open. It just didn’t work out right now.”