"All you can do is negotiate and try to get a deal done, make offers and counteroffers, but at some point if you’re far apart you’re far apart, there’s only so much that can be done," Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos said on a conference call, according to SportsNet's Shi Davidi.
Cabrera has until Nov. 10 to accept or decline the qualifying offer, but is widely expected to reject it and seek a multi-year deal in free agency, whether with the Blue Jays or another club. By extending a qualifying offer, the Blue Jays ensure that they will receive a compensatory draft pick if Cabrera signs elsewhere.
Cabrera batted .301 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI last season.
- Dan Gartland