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John Mozeliak On The Cardinals' Payroll

St. Louis Cardinals fans reluctant to ever hear the construction "deWallet" again should be wary of clicking through to this Bernie Miklasz column, in which the Cardinals' GM suggested upping the payroll might be a possibility:

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And what about raising the payroll?

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Mozeliak has initiated discussions with Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.

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"I certainly think it's an option," Mozeliak said. "If we do have to increase it to some level, we're prepared to do it."

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That's about as vague as it gets, but this isn't the year the Cardinals need to worry about upping the payroll—the issue will come when Albert Pujols is taking up the payroll space he and Chris Carpenter once shared.