As expected, Carlos Beltran declined a qualifying offer from St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. This will ensure that the Cardinals will get a compensation pick during the first round of next June’s amateur MLB Draft. It should be noted that the first ten picks of the draft are protected.
In two seasons with the Cardinals, Beltran hit .282/.343/.493 with 56 home runs, 181 RBI, 56 doubles, and 162 runs, to name a few.
As it stands, the first 10 picks belong to:
2. Miami Marlins
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Chicago Cubs
5. Minnesota Twins
6. Seattle Mariners
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Colorado Rockies
9. Toronto Blue Jays
10. New York Mets
If a team has a protected pick, they forfeit their second pick of the draft. If Beltran were to sign with the Yankees, the Cardinals would get the 18th pick or one in Comp Round A because of how many free agents they tend to sign every offseason.
Bernie asked the same thing that the UCB did last week. What do the Cardinals do with third baseman David Freese? Unless Freese is traded, he becomes just another bat off the bench. With Kolten Wong at 2nd and Matt Carpenter at 3rd, there is no room for Freese as an everyday starter.