Does Mike Shildt firing open the door for a Tony La Russa trade?

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Manager Tony La Russa walks onto the field in the seventh inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 22: Manager Tony La Russa walks onto the field in the seventh inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

With the news that the St. Louis Cardinals have fired manager Mike Shildt, could a reunion be in the works with Tony La Russa? 

Now that Mike Shildt is out as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, the front office isn’t going to waste any time in finding a suitable replacement. With all the talent this team has, there’s simply no reason for them not to be making major noise in the postseason.

Such was the case this year, as the club lost to the Dodgers in the NL Wild Card Game. Now, Shildt it out of a job, but one name in particular is standing out among the fanbase: Tony La Russa.

With Mike Shildt fired, could Tony La Russa return to Cardinals?

While folks are hoping for the Cardinals to trade for La Russa, it’s looking like the veteran skipper will be returning to the Windy City next campaign. According to MLB insider Bob Nightengale, La Russa is all set to be back in the dugout and a move to St. Louis won’t be going down.

However, you never know what might end up happening leading up to Opening Day next spring. Despite, Nightengale’s report, if St. Louis really wants La Russa back in town to relive some glory days, they very well could end up putting an offer on the table to convince the White Sox.

La Russa’s first year with Chicago sure was a head-turning one, as the club won the AL Central, but they ran into the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS. Come next season, Chicago will hope to bounce back and take things even further. At this point, it’s looking like La Russa will be the man in charge of trying to make that happen. That is unless St. Louis pulls a rabbit out of its hat to change things up.

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