With the 5 p.m. ET deadline for MLB teams to extend qualifying offers to their free agents rapidly approaching, news is beginning to trickle in about which players will be offered the one-year deal, as well as who will decline the offers.
Every qualifying offer this season will be worth $15.88 million, which is the average salary of the the league’s 125 richest contracts. If a player declines their offer and chooses to sign elsewhere, their new club must forfeit their highest unprotected pick in next year’s first-year player draft. Their previous club would then receive a compensatory pick at the end of the first round.
Here’s where some notable free agents stand with their respective clubs:
• The New York Mets have extended a qualifying offer to second baseman Daniel Murphy, who hit seven home runs during the team’s postseason run. The 31-year-old Murphy has spent all seven of his major league seasons with the Mets and will be a free agent for the first time in his career.
• St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward and righthanded starter John Lackey have received qualifying offers. Heyward is likely to decline and will pursue a multi-year deal entering his age-26 season.
• The Los Angeles Dodgers have extended qualifying offers to starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Brett Anderson, and second baseman Howie Kendrick. Greinke finished the year with a league-best 1.66 ERA, the lowest full-season mark for a starter since 1995, and is expected to receive a nine-figure contract in free agency.
• The Rangers offered a QO to starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
• The Washington Nationals have extend qualifying offers to pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond.
• Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija will reportedly receive a qualifying offer and decline, according to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score. Samardzija had a 4.96 ERA in 214 innings for the White Sox.
• Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada has been extended a qualifying offer, the team announced. The 32-year-old righthander had a career year in Canada, posting a 3.13 ERA in 181 innings.
• First baseman Chris Davis, catcher Matt Wieters and pitcher Wei-Yin Chen have received qualifying offers from the Baltimore Orioles. Davis led the majors with 47 home runs in 2015, while Wieters is widely considered to be the best catcher available on the free-agent market.
• The San Diego Padres will reportedly make a qualifying offer to starting pitcher Ian Kennedy. The righthander struggled across 168 1/3 innings for San Diego, posting a 4.28 ERA and allowing 1.7 home runs per nine innings.
- Kenny Ducey