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Cardinals, Tony La Russa Agree to One-Year Deal With Mutual Option

Oct 18, 2010 – 4:24 PM
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Tony La Russa will be back in the Cardinals dugout next season.

The team announced that they had come to terms with their manager on a one-year deal with a mutual option for the 2012 season. The announcement comes on the heels of this weekend's reports that negotiations on a new deal were moving forward.

"We are excited to have Tony returning and are looking forward to 2011," stated Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt, Jr. "He has guided the team in one of the greatest eras in Cardinals history and we are pleased that he will continue that leadership next season."

The Cardinals finished 86-76 in 2010 and La Russa has a 1,138-1,110 record over 15 years in the Cardinals dugout.

La Russa sent out a Tweet shortly after the Cardinals announced his return for next season.

"Excited and fortunate to return to STLC. Playoffs are fun, missing them is not. Try to get back to fun times in 2011."

La Russa's coaching staff will not return intact next season, however. The Cardinals announced that bullpen coach Marty Mason would not return in 2011. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mason, a member of La Russa's staff for 12 years, expressed some doubts about the integrity of the player development system to general manager John Mozeliak. Per Strauss, that contributed to the decision to replace him.

In their statement announcing the deal with La Russa, the Cardinals also announced their plans to offer contracts to the rest of the coaching staff in the coming week.
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