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The St. Louis Cardinals give their GM a three-year extension

Jul 15, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

The Cardinals just announced that they’ve given general manager John Mozeliak a three-year contract extension.  I can’t say I’m an expert in Cardinals’ Kremlinology, but this doesn’t seem like a surprise.

The biggest knock on Mozeliak is probably that his moves — while keeping the big club competitive — have come at the expense of quite a few draft picks in recent years. As of now Keith Law ranks their farm system 29th, which is kind of scary for a team that, once it signs Pujols to an extension, is going to need a lot of cheap talent to fill in the gaps around their handful of stars.

But hey, good for Mozeliak and the Cardinals.

  1. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jul 15, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    The Cards have drafted about as well as they could for the past two or three years, so hopefully when Pujols eats the rest of the payroll Holliday hasn’t those guys will be ready to perform at least marginally well. Besides, in the NL Central, unless some team makes a turnaround, the Cards have a pretty easy path to the playoffs every year with both Pujols and Holliday. Plus: Shelby Miller!

  2. ben s - Jul 15, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    I agree with ultimatecardinalwarrior, the Cardinals have drafted very well the last few years, and really, really cleaned up this year with an unbelievable draft.

  3. willmose - Jul 15, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    And Keith Law didn’t think Carpenter or Wainwright deserved mention on his Cy Young ballot. Law can’t find his butt with both hands and flashlight. Say haven’t the Rangers had the best farm system for years. How many division titles have that top farm system won them? Let’s see the Cardinal starting 8, only Holiday didn’t come from their farm clubs. Just a lousy farm system.

  4. Paper Lions - Jul 16, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    willmose couldn’t find the truth on which to base his criticism with both hands and the internet. Wainwright was 3rd on Law’s ballot, which is about where he belonged and Law said he would have listed Carp 4th if they were allowed to list more than 3 players, which is about where Carp belonged considering that he missed a month of the season and his performance did not stand out from other candidates.

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