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Cardinals Hire Mozeliak As New GM

The Cardinals hired John Mozeliak as their new general manager Wednesday, promoting him to replace the fired Walt Jocketty.

The 38-year-old Mozeliak had been the Cardinals' assistant GM for the last five years. He got a three-year contract.

The hiring signified a stay-the-course stance for the Cardinals, coming off a disappointing 78-win season a year after winning the World Series.

Via Yahoo.com

Indians' Exec Visits Cardinals On GM Opening

The Cardinals won't call Chris Antonetti the front-runner to become their next general manager, but the club did call the up-and-coming Cleveland Indians' executive and his wife to Busch Stadium for a meeting Friday morning with team president Mark Lamping and a tour of the facility.

Antonetti, assistant general manager to Indians' GM Mark Shapiro, has made a strong impression in several conversations with the search committee of Cardinals' Chairman Bill DeWitt and Team Presidnet Lamping. Though Friday's tour of the stadium front offices, home clubhouse and field does not assure Antonetti will become Walt Jocketty's successor, it does confirm the organization is nearing completion of a process tailored to make room for Antonetti's candidacy.

DeWitt did not return a phone message Friday night. DeWitt left town after Monday's press conference to announcing the return of manager Tony La Russa and was not present during Friday's tour.

Via St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Taguchi Waiting To Hear From Cardinals On 2008 Option

While Cardinals' outfielder So Taguchi waits until, at most, a week after the World Series, to see whether the club will pick up his $1.1 million option for 2008, he has been moonlighting the last two nights as a television analyst on the World Series for NHK network in Japan.

One year after he was playing in the World Series, Taguchi gazed at the field from the height of the Fenway Park press box and said he would rather be ?downstairs (on the field).?

Via Post-Dispatch

Cardinals Release Mike Maroth

The St. Louis Cardinals released lefthanded starter Mike Maroth on Thursday. Maroth was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in June for a player to be named later (RHP Chris Lambert.)

The 29 year-old was hit hard in his time with the Cardinals. Maroth compiled a 10.66 ERA in 38 innings with the Cards after posting a 5.06 ERA in 78.1 innings with the Tigers.


Report: Matthews, Byrd, Ankiel And Others Face Suspension?

Gary Matthews Jr., Paul Byrd, Rick Ankiel and other Major League Baseball players who have been linked to human growth hormone in published reports face the prospect of a Bud Selig-imposed suspension if they are found to have violated U.S. law.

Citing a high-ranking major league official, The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Major League Baseball's commissioner hasn't ruled out such discipline for players even if they did not violate baseball's drug policy.

Major League Baseball did not ban HGH until January 2005, but steroids and HGH have been, and still are, illegal without a legitimate prescription.


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