Heading into the 2017 off-season, some teams have the option to extend a 1-year $17.4 million contract to players entering the free agent market.
The free agent market is open for the MLB and we will see names and offers popping up all night tonight and into the next weeks. One part of the free agency process is qualifying offers for players from the teams they played on this past season. Before we go over who did and did not receive an offer from their team, there are some new rules.
There are guidelines that regulate which players even are eligible for a qualifying offer. Only players that have never received a qualifying offer previously in their career and players that have spent the entire 2017 season on the same team may qualify.
It’s also a 1-year, $17.4 million contract. The $17.4 million is calculated by the mean salary of the league’s 125 highest-paid players. Those players who receive one of these offers has until Nov. 16 to make a decision. In that timeframe, those players are allowed to negotiate with other teams.
The following players have received qualifying offers from their current clubs.
Cleveland Indians 1B/OF Carlos Santana
Santana sat in the middle of the lineup and had a solid year. He has been with the Indians since 2008 when he was traded by the Dodgers as a 22-year-old prospect. His slash this season was .269/.363/.455 while posting one of the best strikeout-to-walk ratios in the league.
St. Louis Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn
At 30-years-old, Lynn posted a 3.43 ERA with 11 wins in 2017. He had a total of 33 starts after a return from Tommy John surgery. He was a solid pitcher that the Cardinals were able to rely on to be able to start throughout the season this year.
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer, 3B Mike Moustakas, CF Lorenzo Cain
The Royals have extended qualifying offers to all three of these players who helped lead the Royals to a World Series Championship in 2015. Hosmer, 28, played in every single regular season game this year. He has been on the Royals his entire MLB career (seven seasons) and had one of his best years hitting .318 with 94 RBIs on 25 home runs.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas has been with the Royals seven years (his entire career) along with Hosmer. This past season, Moustakas set a franchise record for home runs in a single season with 38 while posting 85 RBIs.
Lorenzo Cain hit .300 even this year with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs. His hitting was solid and reliable as anyone who hits .300 can be seen as a reliable bat in their lineup. Cain is also considered one of the best center fielders in baseball right now. His slash was .300/.363/.440. It is clear why the Royals are extending these offers to all three players.
Tampa Bay Rays RHP Alex Cobb
Cobb, who is 30 and will be entering his seventh season in the MLB in 2018 has spent the first six with the Rays. After 29 starts this season, Cobb went 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA with 128 strikeouts in 179 1/3 innings.
Two players have not received qualifying offers from their team. Those players are:
Texas Rangers RHP Andrew Cashner
The starting right hander went 11-11 this season which does not represent the ability of Cashner at all. He posted a 3.40 ERA in 28 starts. He threw 166 2/3 innings and put up a 1.32 WHIP, ranked 14th among starting pitchers.
Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart
The Reds, currently exploring their options, are not planning on extending an offer to Cozart, who slashed a career best .297/.385/.548 which any team would be happy with. He was a first-time all-star as a 32-year-old. He has battled health issues the past three seasons, this year being a quad injury late in the summer. He missed only 40 games and posted a career high 24 home runs.
Teams know that if the player chooses to stay with them, they are subject to losing one or more draft picks. If the player decides on joining a new team, they will receive a draft pick pending the contract agreed upon between the player and their new team.