By: Brian Feldman, BaseballStL
On Friday, former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa pled guilty to allegations he illegally hacked into the Astros online database. Monday at a press conference announcing the signing of Korean relief pitcher Seung-Hwan Oh, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak briefly commented – where he could – on the developing situation.
Until the process is complete he wouldn’t be able to comment any further.
Mozeliak admitted when he read the indictment against Correa on Friday it was the first he’d seen of the specifics. He also said he’s aware of what’s being said of the Cardinals organization on social media – it’s “not very flattering” – but is hopeful this won’t be a black eye on the franchise for a long time to come.
“Your hope is that in the end you can still be proud of what you do here. As my father used to tell me ‘this too shall pass’. We’ll move on from it,” Mozeliak said.
Other newsworthy items from Mozeliak:
-- Matt Holliday is continuing to take ground balls at first base but this is not some sort of overarching plan to get him there for the upcoming season. It’s Holliday’s idea and the Cardinals are more concerned with his health, which is close to 100 percent.
“I was told he’s taking grounders (at first base) today but I don’t think we’re anxiously looking at a position change. The important thing is he’s feeling really good and having a productive offseason from a physical standpoint,” Mozeliak said. “Right now (Yadier Molina) is the only one we have scheduled to be a little bit behind.”
-- The Cards are always looking for upgrades but even with big names like Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Davis still available it’s unlikely they’ll make any further additions prior to spring training. Mike Matheny made it clear they were going to give a couple young outfielders a chance to be major contributors. Clearly he was referring to Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk.
“We’re excited about the team we have. When you look at what’s out there and how that fits with us it’s really not ideal. I’m not necessarily bullish on chasing something at this time,” Mozeliak said.
-- Regarding a potential St. Louis Rams move to Los Angeles, Mozeliak said he would be disappointed to see the area lose a professional sports franchise. Owner Stan Kroenke said in his relocation application that he didn’t believe the city of St. Louis could handle supporting three pro sports teams.
Mozeliak said he looks at it through the Cardinals point of view (one that’s been very successful) but he thinks it all comes down to how well the teams play.
“Historically you put something out there people are proud of they show up,” he said.