The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to a new three-year contracts with manager Mike Shildt and president of baseball operations John Mozeliak. General manager Michael Girsch and the club agreed to a two-year pact.
Shildt holds a 132-99 record since taking over for Mike Matheny in the middle of the 2018 season. This year he led the Cards to the NL Central crown and is a finalist for NL Manager of the Year.
Moseliak has been with the Cardinals for nearly 25 years, the last 12 of which he has been its chief baseball operations guy, with his title changing from GM to president. The Cards won the 2011 World Series and the 2013 NL pennant with him at the helm.
At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).