The Cardinals announced today that they have signed General Manager John Mozeliak to a three year extension that will run through the 2016 season. Also, they have picked up the option year on Mike Matheny’s contract which keeps him the skipper of the team through 2014.
Mozeliak inherited a 78 win team in 2007, a team that was mostly aging stars on offense and was missing Chris Carpenter. Since then, the team has had five straight winning seasons, one of just two teams to have accomplished that (Yankees being the other). His teams have also gone to two straight National League Championship Series’ and the future still seems as bright as ever.
Matheny will be entering his sophomore season as manager and led the team to an 88-74 record last season. He managed a team that lost Albert Pujols to free agency, as well as Chris Carpenter and Lance Berkman for most of the year with injury and still finished just two games worse than the Cardinals’ did the year before. He also had the Cardinals one win away from a second straight World Series trip.
I like the extension for Mozeliak. In my opinion he has been one of the best General Managers in baseball since he took the job. When he sees a hole, he makes an effort to fill it. He has done a good job of getting value out of the prospects he has dealt (well except that whole Khalil Greene saga) and has been willing to step back and go another route when he thinks he’s giving up too much.
On the flip side, while I think Matheny will work out alright and it is just the exercising of an option, I would have waited. He made some mistakes last season and what I want to see is whether he learns and adapts from year-to-year based on what’s worked and what hasn’t worked.