Today was the deadline for players to receive one-year qualifying offers from their current teams. This year’s qualifying offer has been set at $17.4 million dollars, up from $17.2MM last offseason.
MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that nine players have received a QO and the will now have 10 days to accept or decline their offers. They are:
- Jake Arrieta, SP, Cubs
- Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals
- Alex Cobb, SP, Rays
- Wade Davis, RP, Cubs
- Greg Holland, RP, Rockies
- Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals
- Lance Lynn, SP, Cardinals
- Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals
- Carlos Santana, 1B, Indians
That’s a pretty significant list as several of those players have been bandied about as potential targets for the New York Mets, particularly Lance Lynn, Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer. One player who could have received a QO and didn’t is Logan Morrison of the Rays.
There’s a whole bunch of crazy rule changes with the QO process that kicks in this year per the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. But where the Mets are concerned it comes down to this:
A team that neither exceeded the luxury tax in the preceding season nor receives revenue sharing will lose its second-highest selection in the following year’s Draft, as well as $500,000 from its international bonus pool. If it signs two such players, it will also forfeit its third-highest remaining pick.
The LoMo situation presents a double edge sword from the Mets’ point of view. Great that he didn’t get a qualifying offer, but that also makes him even more desirable to other teams.
As for Hosmer, Moustakas and Lynn, it will cost the Mets a second round pick. That’s not to say the Mets had the financial wherewithal to sign them. They don’t.
Nobody expects the Mets to sign a big ticket player this offseason, despite a new $50 million windfall from Disney, shedding $63 million in payroll, and recouping $15 million from insurance policy on Wright’s contract. I know it was you Fredo…