In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it! Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams. You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here.
The American League results are in! Click here to see who’s protected and who’s available for each AL team.
So far, we’ve covered the Pirates, Brewers, Reds, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Rangers, Mariners, Athletics, Angels, Astros, Twins, Royals, Tigers, Indians, White Sox, Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Orioles. The Cardinals are up next.
First, we’ll remove free agents Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Matt Wieters, Brett Cecil, and Brad Miller from consideration. Andrew Miller has a $12MM club option for 2021, and we’ll consider him a free agent for this exercise. In the case of Kolten Wong and his $12.5MM club option, we’ll assume the Cardinals exercise it and protect him. Outfield prospect Dylan Carlson will be protected out of the gate given his 2020 ETA. Paul Goldschmidt, Dexter Fowler, Matt Carpenter, and Miles Mikolas will be protected due to their no-trade clauses. Here’s the full list of 11 players we’ll lock down right out of the gate:
That leaves four spots for the following 19 players. Be sure to check out their contract statuses and team control here.
Kwang Hyun Kim
Daniel Ponce de Leon
With that, we turn it over to the MLBTR readership! In the poll below (direct link here), select exactly four players you think the Cardinals should protect in our upcoming mock expansion draft. Click here to view the results.