Paul Goldschmidt and John Mozeliak at the Cardinals press conference.

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Mozeliak: Goldschmidt Deal is 'Putting More Chips Into Just 2019'

The acquisition of Goldschmidt gives St. Louis the 'big bat' it wanted this offseason, but Mozeliak still has three more pieces on his offseason list.

December 07, 2018 - 5:06 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  There were no big fist pumps. No clapping or cheering. So what was the St. Louis Cardinals "war room" like after a deal like this takes place? 

"The reaction is more of a deep breath," president of baseball operations John Mozeliak says. "The reality is, we did this two days ago. Yesterday morning I had a meeting with my staff and said, 'What's next?' It's never one that you can enjoy the moment. We still have time and we know there's still work to be done."

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That's because, as Mozeliak explained, it's a deal not so common for St. Louis to make. You can hear the entire conversation Mozeliak had with our Chris Hrabe and Tom Ackerman at the bottom of this post. 

"I think historically, the St. Louis Cardinals under Bill DeWitt has always been more of the long view, understanding that we're trying to create sustained success," Mozeliak says. "The type of deal we did with Paul Goldschmidt was a little bit of putting more chips into just next year and not worrying what happens in 2020 or beyond." 

But the Cardinals didn't give up the farm system for Goldschmidt. And there's a chance he does become the next Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds or Matt Holliday and signs an extension with St. Louis. 

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Goldschmidt defintely knows with or without him, St. Louis still is set up for success. 

"I remember when we played (St. Louis) last year, it was a little early, but just the young talent here. I remember saying to the first base coach, 'Man, this team is going to be really good for a really long time, especially the next five our six years,'" Goldschmidt says. "Facing some of these pitchers were really tough and the young talent, that's just what these Cardinals do, they keep producing young talent. I'm happy to be a part of that." 

During the press conference Goldschmidt talked about winning a championship as his ultimate goal, "That's where all the focus is, really my whole career that's where it's been." 

So Paul, why not stay in St. Louis for the next five years and bring Jack Flaherty, Harrison Bader, Paul DeJong, Kolten Wong and company with you?

What's next? Mo says they're not done

Baseball offseason is still only about halfway through as the Winter Meetings – where many big deals are known to get done – begin next Monday in Las Vegas. Even after those meetings end a week from today, Mozeliak says they'll be practicing patience. 

"There's a lot of different ways to do this too, there's simple answer. So just be patient and we are going to try to be active and see what we can do," Mozeliak says. "There's lot of time to still add players." 

Friday, Mozeliak listed a backup catcher, a left-handed hitting utility player and a left-handed reliever (not necessarily a closer) as his team's biggest needs remaining. He says he expects to sign "multiple" arms by the time pitchers and catcher report in Jupiter, but will first look to fill pitching roles with what's currently on the roster.

He was also says it's "highly probable" the Opening Day starting eight is on the roster right now.

But with that said, St. Louis will still be meeting with the biggest prize out there, Bryce Harper and his group next week in Vegas. And he didn't close the door when KMOX asked him if this team still needs another left-handed bat? 

"I don't think it's something that has to be the highest priority, but when you look at our club and especially when you're looking at the latter stages of a game, it would be something I think we should look at," Mozeliak told Ackerman.