Archive for the ‘Qualifying Offers’ Category


Not that this necessarily impacts the Jays directly– they don’t have any qualifying offers out to players, and they certainly haven’t been interested in signing guys who’d cost a compensatory draft pick in years past– but it’s worth noting that, as the 5 PM ET deadline for players to accept or reject qualifying offers that were made by their clubs last week looms, it looks like all of the players will decline and become free agents.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted the report first (that I saw), while Jon Heyman also wrote about it for CBS Sports.

Yeah, there’s some money floating around the game, it turns out. Not that there was ever any doubt of that, but… look at a Nelson Cruz, for example, who this morning formally turned down the Rangers’ qualifying offer.

Cruz will turn 34 in the middle of next season, and while he’s certainly an impressive hitter, he hasn’t been the nearly 5-win guy that he was in 2010 for three seasons now– especially not defensively– and he’s got the PED issue hanging over his head as well. Last year Melky Cabrera, who hit free agency five years younger, came with a similar PED story, and while maybe not the same lengthy track record of success or power, he’d had two very comparable seasons at the plate (150 and 118 wRC+) to what Cruz has done recently (122, 106, 116 in his last three). Cabrera, of course, didn’t have a draft pick tied to him– the Giants didn’t make him a qualifying offer– and yet “only” ended up signing for two years and $16-million.

Maybe this is an indication of just how scary much money it’s believed will be out there this time around, but it could also be a misstep from Cruz and his people– and one that other free agents may also be making, which plays to the Jays’ advantage. In theory, at least.

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When MLB and the Players Association came to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement following the 2011 season, a number of new mechanisms were put in place ostensibly in the name of fairness. The revenue sharing agreement was changed in order to exclude clubs in the biggest 15 markets from getting those dollars, Toronto included, while competitive balance draft picks were introduced, and changes to the competitive balance tax were made, which the Yankees are now notably running up against.

Another area where the playing field was supposedly levelled– at the expense of amateurs not in the union, of course– was in the draft.

What we’ve ended up isn’t quite the commissioner’s preferred “hard slotting” plan, but the introduction of bonus pools and strict penalties for overpayment was supposed to be an improvement on the previous system, in which talented players dropped due to signability and then were scooped up by big market, high payroll clubs. And it’s sort of worked! But… um… turns out there might be a slight problem with the new draft setup when it comes to compensation for players receiving qualifying offers– at least, it sure looked like a problem from where I was sitting when I saw it highlighted in the “Winners” section of Ken Rosenthal’s roundup of yesterday’s activity over at Fox Sports.

Moving away from some paragraphs on the players who yesterday avoided being chained to a market-destroying draft pick, Kenny Ken Ken commented on the good fortune of a couple of teams:

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