Fourteen players were issued the $18.4MM qualifying offer before yesterday’s deadline. Those players have until November 17 to gauge interest on the open market before determining whether to accept or reject that proposal. For the majority of qualified free agents, it’ll be a fairly easy decision to reject the one-year offer and set out in search of a multi-year deal.
We’ll keep track of QO decisions as they’re reported in this post.
- Nick Castellanos, Reds (first reported by Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer)
- Michael Conforto, Mets (link)ƒ
- Corey Seager, Dodgers (first reported by Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times)
- Marcus Semien, Blue Jays (first reported by Shi Davidi and Hazel Mae of Sportsnet)
Decision Not Yet Reported
- Brandon Belt, Giants
- Carlos Correa, Astros
- Freddie Freeman, Braves
- Raisel Iglesias, Angels
- Robbie Ray, Blue Jays
- Eduardo Rodríguez, Red Sox
- Trevor Story, Rockies
- Noah Syndergaard, Mets
- Chris Taylor, Dodgers
- Justin Verlander, Astros
Teams are entitled to 2022 draft pick compensation for qualified free agents who sign elsewhere, with the value of the pick dependent on the team’s economic status. Teams that exceeded the luxury tax threshold in 2021 (only believed to be the Dodgers among teams with qualified free agents this offseason) receive a pick after Round 4. Teams that neither exceeded the tax threshold nor received revenue sharing in 2021 (Angels, Astros, Blue Jays, Braves, Giants, Mets, Red Sox) would receive a draft choice after Competitive Balance Round B. Teams that received revenue sharing in 2021 (Reds and Rockies) would receive a draft choice after Round 1 if the qualified free agent signed for a guarantee of $50+MM. If the free agent signs for less than $50MM, that team would receive a draft choice after Competitive Balance Round B.
Last month, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes broke down the penalties each team would incur were they to sign a player who’d rejected a qualifying offer.