The Cardinals have reached a two-year agreement with esteemed pitching coach Dave Duncan, reports Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The contract includes a mutual option for 2013. There are some high-profile pitching coach openings this winter, but the game's best is staying put. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa signed a contract guaranteeing one year, but Duncan wanted more security.
Additionally, the Cardinals announced that Mark McGwire will return as the hitting coach, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.