Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting that the Los Angeles Dodgers will extend the qualifying offer to catcher Yasmani Grandal. Teams have until 5 p.m. ET time on Friday night to decide whether or not that will give pending free agents a qualifying offer of $17.9 million.
Players that receive a qualifying offer will have until Nov. 12 to decide to accept or reject.
Grandal, 29, hit .241/.349/.466 with 23 doubles, 24 home runs and 68 RBI this season in 140 games for the Dodgers. His 3.6 fWAR for the season was second in the majors for catchers behind only the 4.8 fWAR posted by J.T. Realmuto. His 125 wRC+ was tied for third among qualified catchers.
On the defensive side, Grandal was second in the majors with 17.7 fielding runs above average (takes into account framing, blocking and throwing). Though, his struggles blocking were in the national spotlight during the playoffs this year.
In seven big leagues seasons, Grandal has never posted an OPS below 100 and he has played in at least 115 games during the last five seasons.
Here’s the full explanation of how the qualifying offer works including. For example, if the Mets signed Grandal, they would lose their second highest draft selection and $500,000 from their international bonus pool.