John Paul Morosi on the Cardinals hiring Mike Matheny:
The evaluation of Matheny, the manager, can wait. For now, we should focus on what his hiring has revealed about the organization:
1. Mozeliak, 42, is leading the franchise in a broader way than when Tony La Russa was in the dugout. La Russa, 67, is old enough to be Mozeliak’s father. Matheny, 41, is a peer.
2. The Cardinals aren’t fretting about the secondary details — read: everything outside of money — in their effort to retain Albert Pujols.
In other words, the Cardinals hired who they thought was the best man, not the person most likely to bring Pujols back into the fold. At this point, it seems the Cardinals are not all that serious about bringing Albert back. From an economic standpoint, I understand this. The paid $104 million dollars to Pujols for about $300 million in production. If they pay market price for the rest of his career, they probably would come close to losing that $200 million. One of the keys to ...