• Mozeliak confirmed that there are no immediate plans for any players to have injuries addressed with minor offseason surgeries. He also expressed no lingering concerns about Allen Craig, who is expected to have no further issues with his foot now that he can take additional rest.
• Mujica is a free agent and fellow reliever John Axford is expected to soon join him in that market, as the Cardinals do not plan to tender the arbitration-eligible Axford a contract. Mozeliak said he does not envision a scenario in which both of the right-handed relievers would return under lesser deals next season, though he did not rule out the possibility of re-signing one if the price and terms are right.
"When you look at the young arms we have and the depth for our rotation, there's certainly not going to be room for all seven or eight of them to start, so somebody is going to have to fill the bullpen as well," Mozeliak explained. "And therefore that might end up taking a spot from somebody like an Axford or a Mujica."
• While the Cardinals spoke openly during the season about closely monitoring Michael Wacha's workload, Mozeliak revealed the predetermined cap figure Monday. He said that the organization intended to have Wacha throw 160-170 innings in his first full professional season. With a somewhat unexpected postseason load, Wacha finished the year with 180 1/3 innings.
In the end, Wacha pitched more innings than Miller, whose slim October usage ended his season at 174 1/3.
• A year ago, the Cardinals sent Matt Carpenter home to Texas with a homework assignment to learn how to play second base. There were no such positional assignments made during exit interviews with players this year, Matheny confirmed. The Cardinals do not seem to have any intention of trying Kolten Wong as a shortstop option next year.
• The Cardinals have every expectation that left-hander Jaime Garcia will be finished with his rehab from left shoulder surgery well before reporting to Spring Training in February. Motte will continue his rehab work over the winter and recently said he hopes to be ready to return about one month into the regular season.
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