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Basically every single free agent has declined their teams’ qualifying offers

Nov 9, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT


There are some still trickling in — and it’s possible I may have missed one — but it appears as though every single free agent who was given a qualifying offer by their team has declined them.

Josh Hamilton, Adam LaRoche, Michael Bourn, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda, Kyle Lohse and B.J. Upton have all been reported to have done so. If there are others out there … don’t hold your breath on an acceptance.

The teams that made qualifying offers to their free agents will now get draft pick compensation from whatever teams sign these guys. They are, however, still able to sign them themselves if they are so inclined.

  1. mybrunoblog - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    I’m a Yankees fan. Saying goodbye to Nick Swisher and that annoying smile will be a relief. Bring on some draft picks.
    I wonder if teams may back away from some FA because they don’t want to surrender the draft picks.

    • vallewho - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      yeah, because we know that they have done such a great job at picking winners during the past 20 years.

    • vallewho - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      but I do think it’s the right time to part ways wish Swish, because of the $$$.

  2. mattyflex - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    I took two minutes out of my day today just to think about how much I love memes.

  3. chill1184 - Nov 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    The pic really puts the blog together

    • Old Gator - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      Kinda looks like the Davis baby.

  4. canadabaseball - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Jesus something happen already a big signing or a trade F#”&ING something

    • historiophiliac - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      You think it will make you feel better, but you will just want more.

      • Old Gator - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:42 PM

        Johnny Rocco wants more, too.

  5. proudlycanadian - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Hi Craig. You sort of missed David Ortiz who did resign with Boston.

    • forsch31 - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Ortiz signed an extension with Boston. He did not accept his qualifying offer. Completely different thing.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

        In other words, Ortiz did not reject his qualifying offer.

      • forsch31 - Nov 10, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        Yes he did. His qualifying offer was for one-year, $13.3 million. His two-year extension with incentives to bring it up to $30 million.

        What Ortiz signed with Boston was not his qualifying offer. As I said, completely different thing. So, in other words, he rejected it.

  6. rmcd13 - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    The reward for losing a free agent (sandwich round pick) who has been given a qualifying offer is less than the cost of retaining the free agent (13.3 million). If there is any chance the free agent would accept the offer and you don’t want him for that price, you aren’t going to offer it because the potential reward is so low. I would be shocked if a free agent ever actually accepts the qualifying offer under the current structure.

    • paperlions - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      Except in cases where the team would be fine with the 1 year deal and the player is too….I wouldn’t have been too surprised to see Kuroda accept this year…..but yeah, it won’t be very common.

  7. gloccamorra - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Doesn’t this change in the bargaining agreement make the rich teams richer and the poor teams poorer, competitively? It used to be smaller market teams could get a quality player cheap after an off-year, see him rebound and get a draft pick when he signed elsewhere. A number of teams have played that game to beef up their minor leagues.

    Now, the qualifying offer is near the top salary the smaller teams can afford. They can’t risk making a mistake, but the big money clubs can, and reap the draft picks. They can re-sign at a higher price or replace the players with free agents, something smaller market teams can’t do.

    The bottom line is that the players’ union and MLB have taken away a critical bit of competitiveness from small market teams who have to build from the farm, and allowed the big market teams the ability to build their own minor league operations, all to get bigger salaries from the rich teams.

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