How They Were Acquired: The St. Louis Cardinals’ NLDS Roster

Not only is the Cardinals’ division series roster filled with homegrown talent, the number three and four hitters in their lineup were acquired in successive offseasons for a total of seven prospects who all began their professional careers with the organization. The ability to develop talent in their farm system is a big reason why St. Louis has had 12 consecutive winning seasons, although they’re making their first playoff appearance since 2015.

Here’s how every member of the Cardinals’ 2019 NLDS roster was originally acquired. The team’s full RosterResource Depth Chart and Payroll pages are also available as a resource.

Homegrown (12)

Total WAR: 23.0

Signed in Free Agency (4)

  • Dexter Fowler, OF: December 2016 (CHC) — Signed to five-year, $82.5 million contract.
  • Miles Mikolas, SP: December 2017 (Japan) — Signed to two-year, $15.5 million contract; signed four-year contract extension (2020-23) in February.
  • Andrew Miller, RP: December 2018 (CLE) — Signed to two-year, $25 million contract ($12 million club option for 2021).
  • Matt Wieters, C: February 2019 (WSN) — Signed to Minor League contract ($1.5 million salary).

Total WAR: 3.3

Acquired Via Trade (7)

Total WAR: 9.5

Acquired Off Waivers (1)

Total WAR: 0.1

Acquired Via Rule 5 Draft Triple-A Phase (1)

Total WAR: 1.3

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3 years ago

Quick proofread!

“The ability to develop talent in their farm system is a big reason why **Atlanta** has had 12 consecutive winning seasons”

Atlanta has also had a lot of consecutive winning seasons, no doubt, but I think we’re talking about the Cards here!

Also, St. Louis inked an extension with Mikolas through 2023: