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Josh Hamilton, David Ortiz among free agents to receive qualifying offers

Nov 2, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

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Under the new collective bargaining agreement Type A and Type B free agent designations have been ditched in favor of teams needing to make a “qualifying offer” to free agents in order to receive compensation for their departure.

Qualifying offers are basically one-year deals for the average salary of the top 125 highest-paid players, which equals $13.3 million for 2013. Players have until next Friday to accept or decline the qualifying offer, and if they decline and sign elsewhere the old team gets a first-round pick as compensation and the new team is stripped of a first-round pick.

Today was the deadline to make qualifying offers and the following free agents received one:

Josh Hamilton, Rangers
David Ortiz, Red Sox
Rafael Soriano, Yankees
Nick Swisher, Yankees
Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees
B.J. Upton, Rays
Kyle Lohse, Cardinals
Michael Bourn, Braves
Adam LaRoche, Nationals

For a lot of those guys there’s zero chance of the qualifying offer being accepted. Kuroda seems like the best bet to simply take the one-year deal.

Prominent free agents who did not receive qualifying offers (but are still able to re-sign):

Mike Napoli, Rangers
Torii Hunter, Angels
Shaun Marcum, Brewers
– Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
Angel Pagan, Giants
Edwin Jackson, Nationals

  1. stex52 - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Napoli was a bit of a surprise not to get the offer, to me anyway. But I think his stock went down a lot this year from last.

  2. Walk - Nov 3, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    Kinda surprised me that bourn got an offer from the braves. I am really hoping the braves make him a multi year offer, a decent one at any rate. I just do not think the braves will be able to resign him but i would feel a lot better about the braves if they try. I loved watching him play, wherever he lands i am certain he will make new fans as he certainly earned my respect. I was able to watch angel pagan play a lot with the mets, his numbers look good i was also surprised at some of the comments i saw on him. I was thinking he would be good to have if/when bourn left but i am a little leery of him now.

  3. Old Gator - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Torii Hunter would be a no-brainer for the Feesh. Unfortunately, Scrooge McLoria has just enough weasel tissue smeared along the lining of his skull that he won’t even blink in that direction.

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