ST. LOUIS—On the eve of the Rule 5 draft, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he didn't expect to lose a player. He was right. The Cardinals lost eight.
It was an unprecedented pilfering for the Cardinals, who over about 60 minutes lost power-armed righthander Luis Perdomo and OBP monster Mike O'Neill to National League teams. During one amusing stretch in the minor league portion, the Cubs selected O'Neill and the Cardinals, jousting with the Cubs all winter for players, selected lefty Michael Heesch from the Cubs.