There were 13 free agents around baseball that got extended qualifying offers of $14.1 million last week, and they had till 5 o ‘Clock today to accept.
Well, none of them did, according to the official MLBPA twitter handle, which keeps the count of players who have accepted qualifying offers since the last collective bargaining agreement to none.
Now, if any of the qualifying offer free agents sign elsewhere, the players’ former teams will receive a compensatory draft pick between the 1st and 2nd round of the June amateur draft. The teams that sign the players will have to sacrifice their 1st round pick, unless they are a team that had one of the 10 worst records in 2013 (which includes the Mets at #10.) Those teams, however, will have to sacrifice a 2nd round pick in the scenario they sign a QO free agent.
Below are a list of the free agents that got extended a qualifying offer:
- Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
- Robinson Cano, Yankees
- Shin-Soo Choo, Reds
- Nelson Cruz, Rangers
- Stephen Drew, Red Sox
- Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
- Curtis Granderson, Yankees
- Ubaldo Jimenez, Indians
- Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees
- Brian McCann, Braves
- Kendrys Morales, Mariners
- Mike Napoli, Red Sox
- Ervin Santana, Royals
It was widely acknowledged that none of these players would accept the 1-year, $14.1 million offer from their 2013 teams, so none of this comes as a surprise.
Though I certainly wish the Mets had not lost 88 games again last year, it looks like tanking the final series, losing 3 of 4 to the Brewers at home, guaranteed that we wouldn’t be debating whether the team should sacrifice their 1st round pick, as we were doing last year regarding Michael Bourn. So, if the Mets sign any of these players, they will not give up their 1st rounder as they would have done at #11 had they signed Bourn, which they obviously didn’t end up doing.
The Mets have been linked to Drew, Choo and Granderson so far, so the fact they won’t have to sacrifice a 1st rounder is comforting, no matter how much of a crap shoot the MLB draft is.
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