Cards expect full coaching staff to return

ST. LOUIS -- Unless any of manager Mike Matheny's coaches choose to take a position elsewhere, the Cardinals anticipate retaining their full coaching staff for 2015. Most members of the staff are already under contract for next season, and general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Monday that any who aren't will be offered an opportunity to return.

If the Cardinals were to bring back their entire coaching staff, it would be a first since Matheny assumed the managerial seat. He had to replace hitting coaches before both the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Those changes over the past two seasons did come voluntarily, as Mark McGwire left for Los Angeles and Bengie Molina went to Texas. There has been speculation that the A's, who are looking for a new bench coach upon Chip Hale's departure for Arizona, could go after Cardinals bench coach Mike Aldrete. As was recently outlined in a San Francisco Chronicle story, Aldrete is from the Bay Area and was teammates with Oakland manager Bob Melvin.

Mozeliak said that there has not yet been a formal request by another club to interview one of the organization's coaches for a vacant position.

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