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

The last time the Cardinals were in the NLCS five years ago, they were only a minor roadblock for Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants. On his way to a World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched 15.2 of 45 innings in the series, which the Giants won in five games. The Cardinals, who will stick with the same 25-man roster that defeated the Braves in five games, could have as difficult a challenge, if not more, with Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg possibly in line for 20-30 innings of work during the upcoming series.

Here’s how every member of the Cardinals’ 2019 NLCS 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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It might be useful (and not just for the Cardinals) for your categories to take note of the players “acquired by trade” who were also “homegrown” in the sense that they’d never played in MLB before being traded. The Cardinals have quite a few of those: Wainwright, J. Martinez, Munoz, Cabrera, Brebbia, if my sources are correct. Their player-development machine looks even more impressive when those guys are added to it.