The price tag for qualifying offers to Major League Baseball free agents will rise to $17.9 million this offseason, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Source: qualifying offer this offseason has been set at $17.9 million.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 3, 2018
That means the figures has jumped over $2-million in the past two years. The number is determined by the year’s average of the top 125 major league contracts. So, maybe it’s safe to say that major leaguers are becoming more valuable by the year.
This year’s free agents include some of baseball’s best. The group includes but is not limited to: Josh Donaldson, Bryce Harper, Micheal Brantley, Patrick Corbin, Nelson Cruz, Brian Dozier, Adam Jones, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel, Manny Machado, Andrew McCutchen, Charlie Morton, Daniel Murphy and A.J. Pollock. Clayton Kershaw could also opt out of the two remaining years on his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, of course. But at this point, how likely is that?
Under the MLB’s collective bargaining terms, teams may offer free agents a qualifying offer at the beginning of the offseason. If the player accepts, he returns to his original team under a one-year deal. If not, the team earns compensation through a draft pick only if that player signs elsewhere.
Qualifying offers can be made through the fifth day after the World Series. Players have a week to accept. However, teams can only offer qualifying offers if the player hasn’t received one before. And, the player must have been with the same team since Opening Day.
MLB’s qualifying offer process would start following the 2012 season. However, only five of 53 offers have been accepted. None of the nine offers from the 2017 season would be. Those five — Colby Rasmus, Matt Wieters, Brett Anderson, Neil Walker and Jeremy Hellickson — are the only ones to do so thus far. Obviously, most players opt for multi-year contracts.
Let’s see if anyone takes one this offseason.