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Cardinals extend Mike Matheny, John Mozeliak

St. Louis announced contract extensions for their manager and GM Thursday morning.


The St. Louis Cardinals have announced contract extensions for manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak this Thursday morning, report Derrick Goold and Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

While the financial details of the deals are not known as of yet, Matheny is now signed through the 2014 season and Mozeliak has been extended through 2016, reports Jenifer Langosch of

The youngest manager in the majors last season, the 42-year-old Matheny led the Cardinals to the NLCS in his first season at the helm, finishing the season with a 88-74 record. The former Redbirds' catcher exceeded all expectations in a season where the club had to deal with the loss of Albert Pujols to free agency and Chris Carpenter to injury.

Matheny's original contract with the club was guaranteed through this year with a club option for 2014. The new extension essentially guarantees the option year.

Mozeliak, who took over as GM in October in 2007, was also coming to the end of his contract this year. In the five full seasons since he took the reins in St. Louis, the Cardinals have reached the playoffs three times and have a World Series title to their name.

Mozeliak has also taken what was one of the worst farm systems in baseball and turned it into the very best.