The St. Louis Cardinals have given a three-year contract extension to General Manager John Mozeliak and picked up manager Mike Matheny's 2014 contract option, the team announced Thursday morning.
"I am pleased that we will be keeping our baseball leadership in the front office and on the field together for at least the next two years," Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a release issued by the club. "Mo has done an excellent job over the past five years and I have enjoyed working closely with him. We share the same vision for the Cardinals; continued excellence at the Major League level, while insuring future success with a strong player procurement and development program.
"We are also excited to extend Mike's tenure for at least the next two years. He did a remarkable job as a first-year Manager, coming within one win of making the World Series."
Mozeliak, 44, has been the team's GM the last five years. Matheny, 42, managed the team within a victory of the World Series last year, his first as skipper.
"I'm grateful to work with Bill DeWitt and his ownership group," Mozeliak said, "and I know it is a privilege working for such an historic franchise as the Cardinals."
He said Matheny showed great promise in his rookie season at the Cardinals' helm.
"Mike had a tremendous year and we believe in his leadership and look forward to continued continuity on the field."
The Cardinals have made the postseason in three of the five years, Mozeliak has been their general manager. He has been with the club for 18 years.
Matheny, a Gold Glove catcher during his playing time with St. Louis, became the first rookie Redbirds manager to lead his team to the playoffs since Eddie Dyer in 1946.