They have canvassed and kept touch with former players for as long as I covered the team -- so let me first get to that before the wrinkle your question expertly adds. Mozeliak has added players like Ryan Franklin, Chris Carpenter, and Jim Edmonds to his front office for this kind of information -- not just what the Cardinals did with them around, but what did other teams do for them, what do they hear from former teammates who went elsewhere. He has also, in the past, reached out to Matt Holliday and Scott Rolen on more a informal basis to get feedback. He continues to keep in touch with some of those players. The key here is that they are former players. It would be tricky -- even against the rules -- for Mozeliak to reach out to Arozarena to have that conversation, or to get in touch with Voit. Now, current players could do that without issue. And maybe there's something from that to keep in mind. Paul DeJong spent some time with the Dodgers' hitting coaches at the All-Star Game, and he was struck by how much they let the hitters see inside their prep, the prep they do in that dugout. Would be a good conversation to have with DeJong about what he saw -- if they haven't already.
This is an area where the Cardinals know they can broaden their inputs and thus improve. Heck, it's one of the reasons why they hired Jeff Albert. They wanted a voice from outside the Cardinals Cloister. Yes, he had been there before, but they wanted someone who had a view from outside, too. That's important, at least it seems to be to me -- I've been asking if they need more outside views.