What did you do when you were 1 year old? Sit around pooping and being cute? Probably. If you’re John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s daughter, Luna, then you’re already throwing out a first pitch.
The Red Baron’s calculation put Wong’s value at something like twice Donaldson’s. I think this calculation is more rigorous though, and it puts Wong around $35M short of Donaldson when including the qualifying offer as part of Donaldson’s value. Donaldson would be a one win improvement in the final two months of the season, as well as a nice improvement over Wong in any playoff games the team takes part in. In 2018, he offers a phenomenal 3 1?2 win improvement. The Cardinals would however miss out on a projected $10.6M surplus value in 2019 and 2020. Wong projects to not be worth the option price minus the $1M buyout in 2021, so I added the $1M buyout to his 2020 salary and didn’t count a 2021 season.
Unless the team was willing to deal further MLB talent, they’ll have to reach from the minors to make the deal happen. Using the Top aggregate list I mentioned earlier, which uses five Top 100 lists and Minorleagueball.com ‘s Top 200 list, as well as public valuations of different types of prospects, here’s the Cardinals’ top prospects and their implied valuations entering the year:
On Tuesday, Legend was slated to throw out the first pitch for the Mariners, but when he got to the mound he decided to forego the first-pitch honor and let Luna have a chance to throw which was utterly adorable.
Luna did a pretty good job, too. Better than 50 Cent.