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Cardinals extend Matheny, Mozeliak

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The St. Louis Cardinals extended the contracts of manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak on Thursday.

Mozeliak received a three-year deal that runs through 2016. Matheny had his 2014 option formally exercised, adding another guaranteed year to his current pact.

Matheny, 42, led the Cardinals to the postseason in his first season as manager, in 2012. The team won 88 regular-season games and advanced to the NLCS as a Wild Card team. They lost to the San Francisco Giants. He said the extension wasn't on his radar.

"I had to shake my head a couple of times," he said. "I really didn't know that was a topic of conversation. I felt like I had a lot to do and a long way to do, and I still feel that way. It's special to be wanted to be a part of this organization moving ahead," Matheny said.

Matheny played 13 seasons in the big leagues, and won four Gold Gloves with the Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Giants and Toronto Blue Jays.

Mozeliak's current three-year deal was set to expire after 2013. Since becoming the GM after the 2007 season, the Cardinals have reached the playoffs three times, but they also lost franchise centerpiece Albert Pujols to free agency and one of the most beloved managers in franchise history retired. Still, Mozeliak is honored to be tied to Matheny, the manager he selected to replace Tony La Russa.

"I really believe his future is really bright," Mozeliak said. "And I really believe this group is positioned to have a lot of success in the future."
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