Which means a reduced qualification offering for Cubs, Sox originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Major League Baseball has set free agent qualifying offerings at $ 18.4 million this off-season, down $ 500,000 from last off-season, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney
Teams can extend the qualifying offer, a one-year contract equal to the average of the 125 highest-paid players in the MLB, to their free agents. If the player refuses, the team will receive draft compensation.
The most important aspect of this year’s decline is the salaries of even the highest-paid players, who have been following a trend in baseball in the last few years before the pandemic. The lower number comes during a controversial baseball deal negotiating the next collective agreement.
And, according to Olney, free agents have until December 1 to accept a qualifying offer if they receive one – the same day the current CBA expires.
The Cubs have no likely candidates for the qualification offer this off-season. Kris Bryant, Javy Báez and Anthony Rizzo would all have been candidates if they hadn’t been traded in the summer.
The Cubs have already laid the foundations to stay out of the deep end of the free agent pool this winter. It is no leap for them not to sign players who turn down the qualification offer and therefore have to forego draft compensation.
Carlos Rodón is the White Sox’s most likely candidate to receive the offer. After they didn’t advertise him last winter, he signed a $ 3 million one-year contract.
He’s opted for a multi-year contract with the independent agency this season after joining the All-Star team in 2021. Rodón had a 2.37 ERA, 0.957 WHIP and 185 strikeouts (all the best of his career) in 24 starts.
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Rodón’s agent Scott Boras is known for bringing his clients to the open market. Either way, he was always a candidate to test the open market, and if anything, the lower-than-expected qualifying offer makes it more likely.
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