As you should know by now, the Cardinals announced today the hiring of John Mozeliak as general manager, to replace Walt Jocketty, after first choice Chris Antonetti rejected their offer. Derrick Gould has a primer on the new GM up at the PD website.
I expected an announcement today, but I sure didn’t expect it to be Mozeliak. In my opinion, this whole offseason has been a chance to do things differently, to shake up the structure that was getting stale. Now, we have the same manager and the assistant GM that’s been here forever as well. As I said at VEB, instead of a shakeup, the organization is getting lightly stirred.
Ownership really should take a hard look at something. You have a storied franchise. You are willing to pay the top guy a good salary. He comes and interviews and sounds enthused. Then, he doesn’t take the job. And while there is a lot of talk about possibly Cleveland’s GM moving up and Antonetti taking that spot, there’s also a lot of speculation that Antonetti and others in the interview process were turned off by the potential lack of control that they’d have in their duties.
So when you have top talent telling you this, you can do one of two things:
1) Make major changes and guarantees that the GM’s word goes or
2) Go for the backup guy.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals chose #2. While I don’t hold anything against Mozeliak (though his moves as interim GM were uninspired and some unnecessary), the Cardinals had a chance to make the big play, to get the splash they needed to start the next Cardinal tidal wave. Instead, it’s a small pebble dropped into the Mississippi.