12 players receive qualifying offers
With the Monday afternoon deadline coming and going, 12 top free agents have received a $15.3 million qualifying offer.
They are: James Shields (Royals), Michael Cuddyer (Rockies), Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez (Tigers), Ervin Santana (Braves), Hanley Ramirez (Dodgers), Pablo Sandoval (Giants), Melky Cabrera (Blue Jays), Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin (Pirates), David Robertson (Yankees) and Nelson Cruz (Orioles).
Thirteen players received $14.1 million qualifying offers — determined by the average annual salary of baseball’s top 125 contracts — last year, and none of them accepted. Cruz and Santana were both a part of that group, and neither signed until late in the offseason (Cruz on February 24 and Santana on March 12). It is expected that most — if not all — will reject the one-year contract, though Cuddyer, Liriano and Robertson are most likely to accept.
The aforementioned 12 players now have until 5 p.m. ET on November 10 to accept or decline the qualifying offer. If they sign with another club, the team that offered them the qualifying offer will receive a compensatory draft pick in the 2015 Draft.
— Joey Nowak