Source: Talks going well for Cards, La Russa
A person with knowledge of the discussions said contract talks
are going well between the St. Louis Cardinals and veteran manager
Tony La Russa.
The person, who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because
the talks are confidential, said La Russa is in daily discussions
with the team about a new contract and a deal could be done
The Cardinals finished a disappointing 86-76 last season
following a late collapse. It was La Russa’s 15th season with the
team and he had a one-year deal.
The 66-year-old La Russa hasn’t spoken publicly since the day
after the season ended and general manager John Mozeliak hasn’t
commented at all.
The person told the AP sticking points in the talks could
include security for La Russa’s coaching staff.
La Russa has led St. Louis to the postseason eight times, but
the Cardinals missed the playoffs for the third time in four
At the end of each of the last two seasons, La Russa left
wondering if he had overstayed his welcome and whether players were
still responding to his style of managing. Several prominent
players, including Albert Pujols, though, said after this season
that they wanted La Russa to return.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that pitching coach
Dave Duncan wanted to return. Duncan has been with La Russa for 28
”There’s 25 guys in here that want him back and that’s not
sugar coating anything,” shortstop Brendan Ryan said after the
season finale. ”He’s our leader, he’s the captain of the
For the first time since 1996, La Russa’s first year with the
team, the manager drove home to northern California in an SUV
jammed with items that had accumulated in his office. He quickly
pointed out then that this wasn’t the first step of an exit
Before departing, La Russa also talked optimistically about the
future of the franchise, saying there was a lot of promise and that
the cup was ”mostly full.”