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Mozeliak On Skipper Search, Pujols

Brad Choat
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General Manager John Mozeliak of the St. Louis Cardinals speaks at a press conference at Roger Dean Stadium on February 16, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

General Manager John Mozeliak of the St. Louis Cardinals speaks at a press conference at Roger Dean Stadium on February 16, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Cardinals may be on the verge of naming the team’s next field boss.

General manager John Mozeliak gave an update on the managerial search during the KMOX Sports on a Sunday Morning Show With Ron Jacober, “Our goal was to have something done by Thanksgiving. I think that’s achievable, and I’m really hopeful we can do it in the next day or two, frankly.”

The Cardinals have interviewed six candidates to replace the retired Tony LaRussa, including: Terry Francona, Ryne Sandberg, Jose Oquendo, Mike Matheny, Chris Maloney, and Joe McEwing.

On another topic, Mozeliak said Sunday that the team is not necessarily waiting for free agent slugger Albert Pujols to field contract proposals from other clubs, then come back to Cards to negotiate, “At some point we’ll sit down with his representation and perhaps even Albert. At that time we’ll lay out what we see or envision, then listen to him.”

Mozeliak said the team and Pujols will maintain their vow of not negotiating a contract in the media, keeping talks as private and confidential as possible.

Pujols visited the Miami Marlins on Friday and reportedly received a contract offer.

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