13 teams will be eligible for the first lottery based on their market size and revenue: the Diamondbacks, Orioles, Indians, Royals, Athletics, Pirates, Padres, Rays, Reds, Rockies, Marlins, Brewers, and Cardinals.
That is from MLB trade rumors. How are the Cards eligible for this? St Louis is arguably the best baseball town in america, so how can St. Louis be among the bottom in revenue and market size. The Nats have a crappy TV deal where if we do good and our ratings go up then the O's get most of the profit. If St. Louis qualified, then why didn't we?