CLEVELAND -- Indians assistant general manager Chris Antonetti's name seems to surface as a candidate with just about every GM opening in baseball these days. But general manager Mark Shapiro's top lieutenant doesn't appear to be headed anywhere anytime soon. Antonetti pulled his name out of the running for the attractive GM job in St. Louis this week, further adding to speculation that he will be the heir to Shapiro's throne in Cleveland down the road.
It is believed that Antonetti was one of the Cardinals' top choices to replace Walt Jocketty, who was relieved of his duties earlier this month. St. Louis promoted Jocketty's assistant, John Mozeliak, to the GM job Wednesday afternoon. "I am very fortunate to be in a great personal and professional situation in Cleveland," Antonetti said. "After conversations with Mark and [team president] Paul Dolan, I am very comfortable with my current position and future with the Indians. I feel privileged to have been considered for the opportunity in St. Louis." The 33-year-old Antonetti was signed to a contract extension through 2011 earlier this year. He just completed his ninth season with the Tribe, and his main responsibilities include contract negotiations and compiling statistical data on players.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.