QUALIFYING OFFERS

Contract NegotiationIt’s the time of the year again when clubs need to make a Qualifying Offer or not to their pending free agents and the list of players who received a QO is out.

The QO is a fairly new wrinkle in the Hot Stove world and the full description can be found HERE.

Bottom line: if a team gives a qualifying offer to a new free agent, the value of which isĀ 1 YR/$15.8MM, they put themselves in line for a compensation pick in next year’s draft if the player passes and signs elsewhere. But if the player accepts, he’s theirs for another year at those terms. It’s a tricky dance in some cases as that high draft pick has dramatically affected some players’ marketability.

So here’s the list of free agents who received Qualifying Offers, courtesy of MLBTradeRumors.com: