Entries in John Mozeliak (9)


Cardinals Announce Wacha Will Start Thursday

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- After missing 11 weeks to rehab a stress fracture in his throwing shoulder, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha will return to the mound Thursday.

The Cardinals announced Tuesday that Wacha will start the first game of their series with the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday.

The hurler will be held to a 50-60 pitch count as he continues to build up the endurance in his shoulder.

"He's been working diligently for the last two months," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said when talking about how long it took for the team to allow Wacha to comeback. "From a physical standpoint, we had to make sure that his shoulder was where it needed to be. This guy is as strong as he's ever been."

The 23-year-old Wacha started 15 games before the injury this season. During those starts, he pitched 90 1/3 innings compiling a 2.79 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 26 walks while striking out 83.

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Cardinals Extend GM John Mozeliak for Two Years

John Grieshop/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- One of the most successful sports franchises in recent years has rewarded their own as the St. Louis Cardinals announced they've given general manager John Mozeliak with a two-year extension.

Mozeliak has been with the Cardinals for 19 seasons, spending the last six as the team's general manager.

During Mozeliak's tenure as the team's general manager, the Cardinals have advanced to the postseason four times, won two National League Pennants, and one World Series Championship.

"I think what we've been able to accomplish here is something we all take a lot of pride in, but we also know every year is a new year and every year has new challenges," Mozeliak said. "I think that's the exciting thing about working with this group. It's innovative, it's creative and it's not looking back. It's about looking forward."

Among the things Mozeliak has accomplished aside from the team's performance, Mozeliak has negotiated contracts for key players like Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Allen Craig, and Matt Carpenter.

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Jhonny Peralta Agrees to Four-Year Deal with Cardinals 

Major League Baseball (NEW YORK) --  It didn't take long for the best shortstop on the free agent market to find a new home.

After losing to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals bolstered their infield by agreeing to a four-year deal with former Detroit Tiger Jhonny Peralta.  The deal is reportedly worth $52 million.

"We are pleased to announce that Jhonny has agreed to terms and I know he is equally excited to be joining the Cardinals," general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. "Jhonny is among the game's top offensive shortstops, he's a steady defender and he has experience playing for a contender. He gives us proven veteran experience and brings balance and versatility to our everyday lineup. "

The 31-year-old Peralta hit .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 107 games this past season for the Tigers, who lost to the Red Sox in the ALCS.

Peralta was hit with a 50 game suspension last season as a result of Major League Baseball's investigation in the Biogenesis case involving performance-enhancing drugs.

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Cardinals Acquire John Axford from Brewers 

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) --  The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired relief pitcher John Axford from the Milwaukee Brewers Friday in exchange for a player to be named later.

The 30-year-old Axford is expected to add bullpen depth to the Cardinals, who enter the weekend just one game ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the NL Central lead.

"John is a reliever that offers experience as both a setup man and closer," said Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. "He's also a pitcher who brings familiarity with the N.L. Central, pennant race baseball and the postseason."

Axford is 6-7 this season with a 4.45 ERA, no saves and 19 holds in 62 games.  He saved 46 games back in 2011 for the Brewers.

The team is hoping to have Axford available when they take on the Pirates this weekend.

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Cardinals Extend GM's Contract, Pick Up Matheny's Option

John Grieshop/MLB Photos via Getty Images)(JUPITER, Fla.) -- The Saint Louis Cardinals and general manager John Mozeliak agreed to a three-year contract extension Thursday. The Cardinals also exercised their 2014 option on manager Mike Matheny.

Mozeliak joined the Cardinals in October 2007. Since his arrival,  the Cardinals have averaged 88 wins a season, made the postseason three times and won the 2011 World Series.

"Since taking over in 2007, the results on the field speak for themself," Chairman William DeWitt said of Mozeliak. "Beyond that we have total alignment on our vision for this organization, and that is to compete year in and year out at the major league level, and we know the only way to do that consistently is to have a strong player procurement and development program."

As for Matheny, last season was his first as Cardinals skipper. He led the team to an 88-74 record and finished a win short of reaching the World Series. Matheny did all of this after the Cardinals lost star first baseman Albert Pujols to free agency.

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Cardinals Pitcher Chris Carpenter's Career In Jeopardy

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter may have thrown his last pitch in the majors, according to general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny.

The pair announced on Tuesday that the 37-year-old Carpenter would most likely miss the entire 2013 season because of a recurring nerve injury that forced him to miss most of last season.

“I think he felt like to some degree that he was letting us down,” Mozeliak said. “I assured him that was further from the truth and that we were grateful for everything he has done for the organization.”

Carpenter told the team he will undergo further evaluation before making a decision on retirement.

The three-time All-Star won the National League Cy Young Award in 2005, posting a 21-5 record along with a 2.83 ERA.

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Cardinals Unlikely to Re-sign Kyle Lohse and Lance Berkman

Marc Serota/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- After just missing out on a second straight trip to the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals are left with having to decide who will be with the club next season. General Manager John Mozeliak doesn't see pitcher Kyle Lohse or first baseman Lance Berkman back with the team next season.

Lohse's fifth season with the Cardinals was arguably the best season of his 12-year career. In 2012, Lohse went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts.

"I suspect the free agent market will treat him kindly," Mozeliak said. "And when you see the depth we have coming, it's not something i'm prepared to rule out today, but I would say it's probably unlikely at this time."

Meanwhile, Berkman's future in Major League Baseball overall is a question mark. He was slowed down by knee problems this season, limiting him to just 32 games. Berkman hasn't decided if he will retire or continue playing, but he's still not likely to continue his career in St. Louis.

"It's hard to imagine us finding a fit for him here," Mozeliak said. "I don't know what his expectations are, what he envisiosn his role being, but clearly getting every-day at-bats for the St. Louis Cardinals would be very remote."

One change that the team has confirmed is that bullpen coach Dyar Miller will not return next season.

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Lance Berkman to Have Knee Surgery

Jeff Golden/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) - St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday in Vail, Colo.

If Berkman only has a torn meniscus, he could return after the All-Star break.  If Berkman needs to have his ACL replaced, he would be out for the season.

Berkman has suffered an ACL injury before. In 2005, he blew out his right ACL playing touch football.

"All the information that I'm getting plus what I felt leads me to believe that there is an issue with the ACL," Berkman said. "I'm hoping that's not the case but I'm not sure that is the case."

Berkman, 36, is signed to a one-year deal with the Cardinals worth $12 million that he signed before the end of last season.
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Cardinals Sign Outfielder Carlos Beltran

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- After losing first baseman Albert Pujols through free agency, the St. Louis Cardinals needed another big bat in their lineup. They hope they've found their man, as the team has signed outfielder Carlos Beltran to a two-year deal pending a physical. The deal, according to's Jerry Crasnick, is worth $26 million and also included a no-trade clause. The team is expected to formally announce the signing after the holidays.

"Beltran is a proven outfielder who obviously has been a tough opponent against the Cardinals for many years," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in statement."It is going to be nice to have his bat and competitive nature working for us instead of on the other side of the field for the next couple years."

Last season, the 34-year old Beltran split time with the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants, where he batted .300, hit 22 home runs, and drove in 84 RBIs. Beltran will likely start the season as the team's opening day right fielder while Lance Berkman is expected to move over to first base.

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