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.
So far, we’ve covered the 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 Cubs are up next.
First, we’ll remove free agents Jon Lester, Daniel Descalso, Tyler Chatwood, Jose Quintana, Jeremy Jeffress, and Steven Souza from consideration. I’ll assume Anthony Rizzo’s $16.5MM club option is exercised and the Cubs use a protected spot on him. I’ll lock in Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, and Yu Darvish due to their no-trade clauses. We’ll protect these 11 players out of the gate:
That leaves four spots for 17 remaining players:
Albert Almora Jr.
Duane Underwood Jr.
With that, we turn it over to the MLBTR readership! In the poll below (direct link here), select exactly four players you think the Cubs should protect in our upcoming mock expansion draft. Click here to view the results.