There have been rumors floating around that Jocketty and LaRussa are on the way out. I personally don't want to see either go, but if they do, Jocketty will be tougher to replace. Word is that Oquendo could step in as manager and if not him, several other former players or coaches could apply (just don't suggest Joe Torre, please!). I mean I can predict the move LaRussa will make about 95% of the time, so I'm sure Oquendo, or Tony Pena, or whoever could do the same.
The loss of Jocketty, on the other hand, could be damaging. Promoting an ownership yesman from within would suck. And ownership would be unlikely to shell out the cash to woo a quality GM. And even if they were willing, who is going to be out there. Brian Cashman would be a comical match with the notorious tight wallets. And if anyone utters "Steve Phillips", you will be banned from this blog.
Here's a sleeper pick for the next GM: Ozzie Smith. Before you accuse me of being a woman, think about it. Smith is one of the most knowledgable players in recent Cards history, but has stayed away from the team in the current era. Nobody is going to be Jocketty as well as Jocketty, so why not go with someone altogether different?
With that said, the best case scenario is WJ stays and convinces ownership to spend just a little more.