The deadline has now passed for teams to extend qualifying offers to their pending free agents, and thirteen major leaguers were extended one-year, $14.1 million offers by their 2013 teams. The players who received offers are Robinson Cano (Yankees), Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees), Curtis Granderson (Yankees), Mike Napoli (Red Sox), Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox), Stephen Drew (Red Sox), Ervin Santana (Royals), Ubaldo Jimenez (Indians), Brian McCann (Braves), Nelson Cruz (Rangers), Kendrys Morales (Mariners), Shin-Soo Choo (Reds) and Carlos Beltran (Cardinals).
If any of those thirteen players sign elsewhere, their former teams will receive draft pick compensation from the team that signs the player.
Cano, Ellsbury, Santana, McCann, Cruz, Morales, Choo and Beltran are all almost certain to decline their qualifying offers and seek multi-year deals on the free-agent market. The other five players may look to accept the offers once they realize that the $14.1 million figure may be more than they can attain in average annual value on the open market.
Kuroda, 38, is likely to receive another one-year deal this winter, and the Yankees would love to have him back in their rotation. It is unlikely that he would receive more than $14.1 million elsewhere, so he may be the most likely candidate to accept the qualifying offer.
Granderson could receive a multi-year deal on the open market that is worth less in average annual value than the qualifying offer, but also may go back to the Yankees on a one-year deal. Agent Matt Brown recently told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that his client "might" accept a qualifying offer if one is offered to him.
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