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Cardinals to make La Russa announcement this morning

The Cardinals have scheduled a press conference for this morning to presumably announce that manager Tony La Russa has signed a new contract to continue as the team's manager for a 15th season.

Also this morning the team is expected to confirm the rumor that former first baseman Mark McGwire will return to the club as its hitting coach.

The press conference was originally expected to be held tomorrow as general manager John Mozeliak traveled to New York to meet with representatives of Cuban defector Ardolis Chapman. But apparently the Cardinals have decided there is no chance of signing Chapman, who wants $40 million to $60 million for his services.