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Qualifying offer accept/decline round-up

Nov 11, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

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UPDATE: All 13 players who received a qualifying offer have declined it.

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The deadline for free agents to accept or decline qualifying offers is 5:00 p.m. eastern time today, so I’ll update this list with decisions as they become known:

- Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: Declined
- Robinson Cano, Yankees: Declined
- Shin-Soo Choo, Reds: Declined
- Nelson Cruz, Rangers: Declined
- Stephen Drew, Red Sox: Declined
- Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: Declined
- Curtis Granderson, Yankees: Declined
- Ubaldo Jimenez, Indians: Declined
- Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees: Declined
- Brian McCann, Braves: Declined
- Kendrys Morales, Mariners: Declined
- Mike Napoli, Red Sox: Declined
- Ervin Santana, Royals: Declined

Any player accepting the qualifying offer will get a one-year, $14.1 million deal to remain with the original team.

  1. insidefastball - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Can a team still re-sign someone to a long term deal if the player declines the club’s qualifying offer?

    • thinman61 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Yes

    • mick2014 - Nov 11, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      How cool would it be if all these already wealthy millionaires were not offered contracts by any major league teams and they had to retire and go home and watch the games on their tv. They would come running back for a minor league contract like Manny Ramirez!

  2. jcmeyer10 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I reckon all three Red Sox decline and Napoli comes back. Drew and Ells are gone if I had to venture a guess.

  3. jcsbck - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    How is there a deadline to either accept or decline? What happens if they don’t respond to the offer?

    • manifunk - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Why would they not respond to a deadline?

      • jcsbck - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        Just say they had an emergency or something. If they don’t accept nor decline, what happens? A deadline to accept or a deadline to decline make sense, but not a deadline to do one or the other.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        It’s probably worded a bit differently, but the deadline most likely says something like “you have until 5pm EST to accept the QO, otherwise you decline it”. So if they don’t get an answer by that time, it’s a decline.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        And chip already responded with what i said, apologies.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        If they don’t respond at all in time, the player fires their agent and tries to find competent management.

    • Jeremy T - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      I would have to assume inaction would be the same as declining the offer

    • chip56 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      If they don’t respond it’s listed as a decline – I’m sure their agents know well in advance of this deadline what the clients’ wishes are.

      • Jeremy T - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        So I suppose you could say that it’s really just a deadline to accept the offer, not a deadline to accept/decline. That seems like the point jcsbck was making. It’s just semantics and probably not worth pointing out, but he wasn’t wrong.

  4. Jeremy T - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    What’s the possible benefit of waiting until the deadline to announce? Nobody thinks that Cano is going accept the offer, so why bother delaying the start of negotiations?

    • stex52 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Why hurry? They can hedge their bets. They can change their minds. Declining quickly is walking away from 14.1 MM$ when you don’t have to. They can check what is on the grapevine for their position. They can check out what the teams say they are looking for and they can see what the other players with QO’s are doing. You don’t want to go out into a crowded market. You might wait a year with 14.1 MM$ in your pocket. You might even make your own team sweat and worry about making you a better offer.

      In short, declining early takes away one of your valuable negotiating tools. A player would be crazy to hurry that decision.

    • jwbiii - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      Being hit by a car, being diagnosed with a debilitating disease, that sort of thing.

  5. Old Gator - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    I don’t get why the Union ever agreed to this system in the first place.

    • stex52 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      I think sometimes it is hard to predict exactly how a wrinkle in the contract plays out, and they underestimated the effect..

      But remember, the previous rule had compensation for all FA signings. This is a big gain for the union.

      And we don’t know if they didn’t swap it for something else.

  6. Carl Hancock - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Not declining beforehand could also mean they are actively still discussing a deal with the team leading up to the deadline.

  7. chip56 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    My guess is that all the players decline – though I think Carlos Beltran and Nelson Cruz should have accepted.

    Both are older players with significant question marks; teams weren’t going to invest more than a couple of years in them anyway and certainly not at an AAV of $14.1 million. Now that you affix a draft pick to them, their markets might even be smaller.

    • Jeremy T - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Don’t forget Morales. I’m pretty sure he shouldn’t have even received a QO in the first place, let alone rejected it.

      • chip56 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        I could see someone giving Morales multiple years because he’s what – 30/31? Beltran and Cruz are on the wrong side of 33 though (and in Beltran’s case the wrong side of 35).

      • kruegere - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        Morales will get multiple years, maybe not at an AAV of >14mil, but he’ll get paid.

  8. jkaflagg - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Seems insane that guys like Drew and Morales would turn down $14 million, but they must trust their agents to know the market…..Drew being a SS will help, but it seems that a DH-type like Morales might have trouble finding a better deal….in Boras he trusts, obviously…..

    • 1981titan - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Gotta agree. In what universe does a .253 hitting shortstop decline $14 million? Other than the Angels, who hate first round draft picks, who is going to pay him that and give up their 1 st round draft pick? (Unfortunately the Anaheim Angels are my home team)

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        Probably in a universe where we look at more than a shortstop’s batting average to determine his value.

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