Major-league baseball's highly secret "protected" lists, obtained by the Chicago Tribune, reveal that the expansion grab bag will be full of impressive players. . . earning impressive salaries.
Orioles first baseman Randy Milligan, with his $1 million salary, is a prime example. Or how about his Orioles predecessor, Eddie Murray of the Mets?
Need a relief pitcher? How about Lee Smith of St. Louis, Bryan Harvey of California, Mitch Williams of Philadelphia, Bobby Thigpen of the Chicago White Sox or Kent Mercker of NL champion Atlanta.
Mercker's World Series opponents Jack Morris, who won 21 games for Toronto, and Kelly Gruber, the Blue Jays third baseman, also were left unprotected.
Some others include Pittsburgh Gold Glove second baseman Jose Lind, Yankees outfielder Danny Tartabull and third baseman Charlie Hayes, and oft-injured Montreal outfielder Ivan Calderon.
The White Sox are offering up a big three -- adding veterans George Bell and Steve Sax to the mix along with Thigpen.
The cross-town rival Cubs are offering veteran Shawon Dunston, only recently the All-Star shortstop, and pitcher Mike Harkey.