There were a record 20 Qualifying Offers extended this season and, not one, but three players accepted.
BRETT ANDERSON – Dodgers
COLBY RASMUS – Astros
MATT WIETERS – Orioles
All three will get 1yr/$15.8MM deals and no draft picks will be affected. Also, as per free agency rules, none of the three can be traded without giving consent before June 15 next season.
One other player who received a Qualifying Offer opted to sign with his current team, Marco Estrada of the Blue Jays. Estrada signed for two years and $26MM.
The rest of the class is on the free agent market and if they sign elsewhere, their current teams will receive compensation in the form of a sandwich pick in next year’s First Year Player Draft.
The Qualifying Offer has been around with no takers and there has been some drama for a few who refused it and got hung out to dry until late the following spring. That could happen again this year, of course, with draft pick compensation looming as a deterrent to potential suitors. But we now have our first set of takers in Anderson, Rasmus and Wieters.