I've cited Milwaukee's work this year as something the Cardinals can learn from. Certainly if I am Bill DeWitt Jr., I am pressing my management team to explain why it wasn't able to find more in-season fixes more readily.
Cincinnati? The Reds have consistently failed to measure up to the Cardinals on Mozeliak's watch, so that is a bad comparison.
Tampa Bay? Great story there, but the Cardinals business success (revenues, profits, franchise appreciation, new stadium, Ballpark Village) on Mozeliak's watch has been staggering by comparison. These teams have different operating models. The Rays have succeeded on the field with an ever-changing cast of low-cost players, which is admirable. But they haven't built much of a business.
As for Mozeliak and Girsch's future, if I'm DeWitt I want to hear their plan for next year and then I would have to assess their ability to execute that plan. Whether the Reds get into the wild card slot or the Rays make another deep playoff run doesn't factor into my decision-making.