Cardinals Extend GM John Mozeliak

The Cardinals agreed to a three-year extension with GM John Mozeliak, according to Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Cardinals, who currently trail the Reds by a game, won the NL Central last year, Mozeliak's second full season on the job. The GM's current deal was set to expire after the 2010 season.

Mozeliak's major moves include the Matt Holliday signing and extensions for Kyle Lohse and Adam Wainwright. The biggest decision of all has yet to come: Albert Pujols will hit free agency after 2011 and Mozeliak and his front office will have to decide how much they're willing to pay to keep the slugging first baseman in St. Louis. Yadier Molina and Pujols are two of the better-known players the Cardinals drafted when Mozeliak was the team's scouting director.


20 Responses to Cardinals Extend GM John Mozeliak Leave a Reply

  1. icedrake523 5 years ago

    Hope he’s not making too much so there’s enough money for Albert.

  2. You really need to give a GM 4 to 5 years to see how he is as a GM. Jed Hoyer said it takes about that time to turn the team into your image, and I’d agree with that.

  3. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    i always had a bad taste for this guy after the lohse deal. but he is pretty decent.

  4. InTheKZone 5 years ago

    So far, I’d give Mozeliak a solid B+. When you figure the acquisitions of Holliday, DeRosa, Smoltz, etc along with some signings that appear to be good (Lopez is still cheap), they far outweigh the Lohse signing. If he can find a way to keep Pujols “on the cheap”, relatively speaking, then he gets bumped up.

  5. aap212 5 years ago

    He’s wasted a lot of money in big ticket deals for guys like Lohse and Holliday, but he’s not lazy at building around the core, he’s aggressive in trading, he’s aggressive in taking worthwhile fliers, and he’s become aggressive about amateur talent acquisition. Solid move keeping him on board.

  6. rayking 5 years ago

    He’s good. I tend to agree with B+ grade given above, although the DeRosa trade is a minus in my book (sure would like to have Perez back in our pen, and DeRosa contributed very little last year). The Khalil Greene trade sticks out too, since Gregerson has been lights-out this year. But hey, you have to dig to find gold, and sometimes it doesn’t pan out.

    Getting F. Lopez on the cheap definitely boosts my opinion of Mo.

    • InTheKZone 5 years ago

      DeRosa’s injury was not Mozeliak’s fault. That happened post-trade. Hence why I included as a good deal. It looked very good at the time until he was injured shortly thereafter.

  7. Who in the hell wrote this…

    He didn’t draft Albert Pujols. Philadelphia did and then traded him to St Louis.

    • syphercx 5 years ago

      are you thinking of Scott Rolen? Albert was a 13th round draft pick by STL.

    • “Who in the hell wrote this…

      He didn’t draft Albert Pujols. Philadelphia did and then traded him to St Louis. ”

      I honestly don’t know if that was sarcasm or not. Albert was drafted in the 13th round of the 1999 Player Draft by the Cardinals.

      • syphercx 5 years ago

        Lol I know right seems way to out there for it not to be sarcasm. Also thanks for fixing the 13th for me. I knew it had a 3 in the round hehe.

        • No prob, we were both on it so quick I didn’t even notice you’d posted haha.

    • riotmute 5 years ago

      if you truly believe this, please give up following baseball in any capacity

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      Whaaaattttt???????

      U sure ur completely their buddy?!?!

  8. irish18 5 years ago

    Another success was trading Jimmy Ballgame for David Freeze

  9. optionn 5 years ago

    Matt Holliday was a lot of money for a player of that caliber. He hits 15 home runs a year and everyone thinks he is a slugger because Boras creates a 3 ring binder saying he is.

    • gocrazy 5 years ago

      He has 16 HRs right now.

    • Taskmaster75 5 years ago

      Except, you know….he already has 16 HR’s this year….yeah…..so much for that 15 HR a year idea…

      Holliday, no matter how much I hate the contract, was necessary. We couldn’t rely on Ludwick, Rasmus was still a question mark, etc.

    • The_Beaver 5 years ago

      Holliday is good for around 30 homers a year, He’s been a perennial player through out his career always hitting 300. or over, he’s the real deal, but i agree 17 mill a year is crazy, baseball is getting out of control.

  10. The_Beaver 5 years ago

    It seems to me that maybe Mozeliak was paid to not pay anyone else this year, guess they’re savin up for Albert.. Oh well, The lineup would have looked allot better With Dan Uggla, or even Alex Gonzales in it.

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