Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted this morning that the Cardinals' payroll is down about $8MM heading into the 2009 season. In that article, GM John Mozeliak defended the cut, but provided no indication that the team is stocking up for an in-season acquisition.
Well, Mozeliak conveniently appeared on Bernie Miklasz's radio show this afternoon and gave Cards fans everywhere a bit more hope. The general manager said that his organization likes to have its "payroll parallel with revenue." Miklasz has the full synopsis over at the Post-Dispatch's website, but here's the basic gist:
If things go better they can adjust accordingly. If things go worse (economy, attendance) then it could go the other way. But he hopes to be able to make a move if they need it.
Ticket prices have gone up, and the new Busch Stadium is almost always full, so it's fairly safe to assume that the Cardinals will have some loose change in June or July. Plus, St. Louis is hosting the All-Star Game this season and that typically brings in gobs of revenue.