Cards Polish Brass as Jocketty Gets Extension

St. Louis Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty receives a contract extension through 2008, while Vice President Jeff Luhnow's job expands and Bruce Manno takes on a new role.

On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have elected to exercise the 2008 contract option for Senior Vice President/General Manager Walt Jocketty.

Jocketty, 55, has served as the Cardinals general manager since October of 1994 and is currently the third longest tenured general manager in baseball as well as the longest tenured general manager in club history.

Jocketty has overseen six National League Central Division pennant-winning teams and one N.L. Championship club during his tenure. The Cardinals are seeking a third-straight N.L. Central title this season and their seventh consecutive winning season - something that has been achieved just twice in franchise history.

While the amount of Jocketty's salary was not announced, it was reported he made slightly more than $1 million per year on his previous contract, which was signed prior to the 2005 season.

In addition, the team announced Friday that Jeff Luhnow will now serve as Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Player Development. He will be responsible for the team's international program, amateur draft, and the Cardinals minor league system, as well as continued support for the baseball development program. Luhnow, 39, joined the Cardinals in 2003 and was named the club's scouting director in 2005.

Bruce Manno has been named Special Assistant to the General Manager, Senior Director of Professional Scouting. He will assist in all levels of player procurement at the minor and major league levels.


Bruce Manno

Manager Tony La Russa's contract situation will be the next one under question, as he signed his last extension a few weeks prior to Jocketty's last deal in February, 2005. La Russa's three-year contract runs through the 2007 season and was estimated to be valued at over $8 million.



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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