St. Louis GM John Mozeliak admitted that the Cards have pumped the brakes on Jeff Luhnow's access to the remaining Cardinals' personnel:
“You’re always trying to be professional and allow people to have career growth. But there is a point where you can only take so much of a fracture to your own infrastructure. That was something that was starting to become something of a concern. I was happy Jeff got the opportunity. But at the same time it was not going to be at the cost of us going backward."
For everyone who criticizes Luhnow's tenure with the Cardinals, it's saying something that so many of the Cardinals' people have come to Houston with him.
Also, wouldn't it be great if there was a realignment in baseball where the Astros could get back to their natural rivalry with the Cardinals?