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UPDATED: Everything about today’s qualifying offer deadline

Nov 4, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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Here’s the wrap on how Monday’s qualifying offer deadline went down. First, here’s a quick guide to the qualifying offers game:

  • Teams are allowed to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to free agents they’ve employed for at least a year and thus secure a draft pick if they depart. That pick will come immediately following the first round of the draft, regardless of what team signs the player.
  • Teams that sign players who were given qualifying offers lose their first-round pick, as long as that first-round pick isn’t in the top 10, Teams with top-10 selections lose their next picks instead.
  • Why $14.1 million? That’s the average of the top 125 player salaries. It’s up from $13.2 million last year.
  • Players given qualifying offers have until Nov. 11 to accept or reject them. Players rejecting the offers will still be allowed to negotiate and re-sign with their former teams.

What we learned throughout the day:

In all, 13 free agents received qualifying offers, with no real surprises either way.

Matt Garza was the lone elite free agent ineligible to receive an offer. He was traded from the Cubs to the Rangers in July.

Here is the rundown of qualifying offers for the top 25 free agents from our overall 150.

1. Robinson Cano (2B Yankees): YES
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (OF Red Sox): YES
3. Shin-Soo Choo (OF Reds): YES
4. Matt Garza (RHP Rangers): ineligible
5. Ervin Santana (RHP Royals): YES
6. Ubaldo Jimenez (RHP Indians): YES
7. Brian McCann (C Braves): YES
8. Curtis Granderson (OF Yankees): YES
9. Carlos Beltran (OF Cardinals): YES
10. Hiroki Kuroda (RHP Yankees): YES
11. A.J. Burnett (RHP Pirates): NO
12. Nelson Cruz (OF Rangers): YES
13. Mike Napoli (1B Red Sox): YES
14. Tim Hudson (RHP Braves): NO
15. Stephen Drew (SS Red Sox): YES
16. Bronson Arroyo (RHP Reds): NO
17. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C Red Sox): NO
18. Joe Nathan (RHP Rangers): NO
19. Bartolo Colon (RHP Athletics): NO
20. Ricky Nolasco (RHP Dodgers): ineligible
21. Jason Vargas (LHP Angels): NO
22. Kendrys Morales (1B-DH Mariners): YES
23. Brian Wilson (RHP Dodgers): ineligible
24. Dan Haren (RHP Nationals): NO
25. Scott Kazmir (LHP Indians): NO

  1. chill1184 - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I did not realize that if a pending FA is traded before the deadline that the team receiving the player cant make the QO. Interesting

    • Matthew Pouliot - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Yeah, that was a new mechanism included when they redid the compensation rules. Frankly, I think it was unneeded. It would have been a good idea under the old rules, when random setup men often qualifying for draft pick compensation. But now that only excellent players are going to draw compensation (by virtue of a $14.1 million offer), it mostly just screws up trades, since the selling team now asks for more in return to give up the potential first-round pick that’s no longer going to exist once the deal takes place.

  2. phillysports1 - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Nelson Cruz phillies would love you here , even though they don’t like contracting Dominican baseball players you’ll be alright . Hope to see you soon here

    • chip56 - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Cruz would be smart to take the QO. At his age, coming off the suspension there’s no way he gets more than $14/year. Maybe a team would offer him 2 years at 8 or 9 per year, but even that’s a stretch. $14mil in a state with no state income tax and on a winning team vs. going somewhere else is probably a deal worth taking.

      • fatheruburu - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        And in a hitters park too. It should be a no-brainer for Cruz.

  3. chip56 - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    I wonder if Beltran would take the offer. All things being equal he would probably get a 2 year deal at most on the open market, but not for $14/year and I wonder how many teams would be willing to trade a first round pick for a 37-year old player? He might be better off taking the offer and staying with a good team that’s probably going to take him back to the playoffs.

    • chill1184 - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Beltan is an interesting case because; his power is obviously still there but he is 37 years old, down defensively (at least according to the numbers) and has said that if he does go to another team he does not want to DH if he went to an AL team.

    • stex52 - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Beltran has always been about the big bucks. If he thinks he can get more anywhere, he will ditch the qualifying offer. Carlos was always the prototypical Scott Boras client.

      • paperlions - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Yeah, I mean….after all, he signed that big contract that one time 10 years ago, what more evidence does anyone need?

        Just ignore the fact that when he signed with StL that they were not the team offering him the most money at the time.

      • mick2014 - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Charlie Beltran will easily double his money on another squad. But he better be ready to face Wacha & Rosenthal in the playoffs.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

        Beltran has always been about the big bucks. If he thinks he can get more anywhere, he will ditch the qualifying offer. Carlos was always the prototypical Scott Boras client.

        Exactly, that’s why it was such a shock that he went to the Yanks and said he’d sign for $20M less than what the Mets were offering. Oh wait….that makes zero sense

        [still one of the dumbest mistakes the Yanks have made in recent years]

  4. paperlions - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see what Drew does. He seems unlikely to get that kind of AAV with draft pick compensation hanging around his neck. A 31 yr old SS coming off of a his best year since 2010 and easily the second best year of his career.

    Is a team willing to give him a lot of years and give up a pick hoping that he can stay healthy and replicate that performance annually?

    He’s only played 150+ games once since 2008.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      How badly does St. Louis need a SS?

      • paperlions - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Doesn’t matter. If it costs too much, they’ll look elsewhere no matter how much the need. If you can get most of Drew’s production for almost nothing and while taking no risk, then you don’t sign him for a 3-4 yr deal at whatever he is looking for as well as give up your 1st rounder.

        They are more likely to overpay in prospects to get a young cheap SS than to overpay in dollars for an old expensive SS.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        Makes sense, as long as a decent young cheap SS is available.

      • paperlions - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        Regardless of what is available….they’re more likely to do nothing than to make a move that they believe is a bad decision from a cost/value stand point.

        That isn’t always the popular move, but it is what they seem to be doing. They looked around for SS upgrades and SP upgrades last year and decided everything was too expensive so they stuck with Kozma and kept their pitching prospects. I don’t think anyone would argue now that they should have traded for pitching (which some where saying they should do at the time)….but it was the same process that resulted in them sticking with the Kozma/Descalso disaster at SS.

      • bfunk1978 - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        They invested heavily in SS in the 2013 draft. They’re certainly hoping they only need someone to fill in for ’14 and ’15. But at the same time they need way more than Kozma/Descalso provided.

  5. mophatici - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    if you give a closer averaging 70 innings a year a qualifying offer, they will make over $67k per out, or about $200k per appearance. i wish I had that kind of earning power.

  6. blues1988 - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    dumbest tweet of the day lol:

    Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN
    Interesting decision by the Cardinals to make a qualifying offer to Carlos Beltran. They did the same with Lohse last year and it paid off.

    • jwbiii - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      There’s many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip, TINSTAAPP, and Rob Kaminsky is a long way from St. Louis, but their compensation pick looks like another fire breathing pitcher so far:

  7. pastabelly - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Hard to believe a team wii go 3/36 and forfeit a first round pick to sign Drew. The Cardinals make the most sense. The Yankees have the same need, but they can’t afford to give up a first rounder. I can see them signing Salty, Haren, and others who weren’t given a qualifying offer.

    • quintjs - Nov 5, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      I think you have to see how it plays out. For the Cardinals giving up a first round pick and 3./36 for Drew might be too much. But say Beltran signs elsewhere. The Cardinals get a supplemental first round pick for him, so they could then a) become more willing to forfeit a pick and b) be in need of more offense.

  8. kingkershaw - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Well that’s it, nobody is going to touch Ellsbury now.

  9. kingkershaw - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Blue is the new pinstripes.

  10. NYTolstoy - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    the yankees can indeed go after McCann and give up a draft pick simply because another team will sign granderson and in doing so Give the yankees another top draft pick. Same with Cano if another team goes after him, the yankees won’t hurt that bad with signing and giving up a draft pick.

  11. tn16 - Nov 5, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    A return of Doc to TO would be amazing, the doctor as a #4 starter at 4-5 Mill would look like a upgrade over Redmond or Happ

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