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Qualifying Offers Newsbeat

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu is only MLB player to accept $17.9M qualifying offer for 2019

Hyun-jin Ryu won’t be hitting the open market this offseason. The left-handed pitcher has accepted a qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers, meaning they’ll pay him $17.9 million to forego free agency for another year and stay in L.A. But he’s one-of-a-kind this offseason.

The deadline for free-agents-to-be to accept qualifying offers from their former teams was 5 p.m. ET Monday and Ryu was the only player to accept the $17.9 million deal, according to an announcement from the MLB Players Association.

Bryce Harper, Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, A.J. Pollock and Yasmani Grandal were the other players extended a qualifying offer, which is the closest thing MLB has to a franchise tag. If players accepted the offer, they’d remain with their team for one year.

So, was this the right move, or not, or something that we’ll need years to determine?


QLE Posted: November 13, 2018 at 05:46 AM | 52 comment(s)
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Saturday, November 03, 2018

Seven players receive qualifying offers before deadline, including two Dodgers and one Red Sox pitcher

The deadline for MLB teams to extend a qualifying offer to free agents was 5 p.m. ET on Friday. The offer is a one-year deal worth $17.9 million for 2019. Once extended, players have 10 days to either accept or reject the offer. If a player rejects a qualifying offer, then he becomes a free agent.

This system has been in place for the past six offseasons. There have been 73 qualifying offers extended and the only players to ever accept the offer have been Jeremy Hellickson, Neil Walker, Matt Wieters, Colby Rasmus and Brett Anderson.

Players traded midseason such as Manny Machado and Andrew McCutchen aren’t eligible to be extended a qualifying offer. As well, under the new rules a player who has previously received a qualifying offer can’t receive one a second time. That explains why Nelson Cruz did not get a qualifying offer this time around.

The list, for those curious to see how this round of QOs play out.

QLE Posted: November 03, 2018 at 09:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Rangers don’t plan to make qualifying offer to Adrián Beltré

Something to follow for the coming off-season, with regards to both Beltre and the Rangers.

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 34 comment(s)
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Monday, September 24, 2018

Forecasting The Qualifying Offer Market - MLB Trade Rumors

A brief refresher on the qualifying offer: it is a one-year deal worth the average of the league’s top 125 salaries.  (This year’s QO figure will be a bit higher than last offseason’s $17.4MM price tag, but let’s stick with $17.4MM for reference purposes in this post.)  Teams have until five days after the last game of the World Series to issue a QO to a player, who then has ten days to decide whether or not to accept.

If a player accepts the offer, he simply returns to his former team.  If he rejects the offer and signs elsewhere, his former team receives a compensatory draft pick either immediately after the first round of the 2019 draft, immediately before the third round, or immediately after the fourth round, depending on whether or not the team was a luxury tax payer or revenue-sharing recipient, or if the player signed for more or less than $50MM in his new contract.  Those same factors also impact what a team must give up in order to sign a qualifying offer-rejecting free agent, as the signing team will have to surrender at least one draft pick and potentially some international signing bonus pool money.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2018 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
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