A column on si.com ranks the Cardinals GM, John Mozeliak, in the lower middle range of major league executives.
Mozeliak is 18th while former Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty, now with the Reds, checks in at 14th.
SI's explanation of it's assessment:
As is true of Jocketty, it's a bit hard to know just how much credit to give Mozeliak for the Cardinals' success, given how predicated it is on the unique talents of the coaching staff and the presence of perhaps the best right-handed hitter since Rogers Hornsby. Ultimately his reputation will probably rise or sink on how wise the team's $120 million investment in Matt Holliday proves to be -- it's not at all the sort of decision a general manager makes alone, but it's one he gets the credit or blame for.
I see Mozeliak as something as an average GM. He seems to be conservative to the point of recklessness at times, holding out while trying to drive down the prices of players. While sometimes it works, as it did this year with Felipe Lopez, more often than not the Cardinals have to do without as the market goes well past what they are willing to spend. Everybody likes a bargain. But to win, sometimes you have to accept the realities of the marketplace. During his reign there has been a growing sense amongst St. Louis fans that the Cardinals are unwilling to spend money commensurate with their revenue stream. At the very least, the Holliday deal and the signing of Brad Penny go a long way toward turning that perception around.
Mozeliak's best moves have been to think ahead and retain rising stars like Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina with multi-year deals. The acquisition of David Freese, a little know player who was stuck in the middle minors of the San Diego system could be his best deal if Freese wins the starting third base job. His worst deals include hanging on to precious prospects like Anthony Reyes too long until the point that they are worthless and trading for Khalil Green, a big money bust whose problems should have been discovered if the Redbirds did much checking into his background. I disagree that Holliday will be whose contract decides Mozeliak's career. That player is another fellow on the current roster named Albert Pujols.
Before we put too much credit in this list, I think we should point out that Mozeliak falls behind Cubs GM Jim Hendry at number 16. That's a joke. Hendry has done nothing in Chicago but pass out stupid contracts to Milton Bradley, Carlos Zambrano and Alfonso Soriano -- who many believe isn't even worthy of being a starting major league player anymore. And what return has he managed on that investment? Not a single playoff victory.Click here to read the whole story.
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