MLBPA’s Clark Concerned About Qualifying Offers

MLBPA head Tony Clark is worried about the qualifying offer system that has led Stephen Drew, Kendrys Morales and, perhaps to a lesser degree, Ervin Santana to remain on the free agent market into spring training, the Associated Press reports. "The way the free agent market has played itself out over the last couple of years suggests that draft pick compensation and the free agent market in general is a concern that we're paying attention to, obviously," Clark says.

Clark says he plans to make qualifying offers a "topic of discussion." It does not appear, however, that the union will address the issue before the current CBA expires following the 2016 season. "There's certain criteria that's going to have to be met for a CBA to be opened up (before then) and I'm not sure that's happened," Clark says.

The qualifying offer topic is in the news today in part because of of the surprisingly small deal Nelson Cruz received from the Orioles. Cruz, who had rejected a $14.1MM qualifying offer from the Rangers before hitting the open market, will receive just $8MM plus a possible $750K in incentives.


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101 Comments on "MLBPA’s Clark Concerned About Qualifying Offers"


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PXDX
1 year 4 months ago

The whole system makes little sense and hurts the player not the team.

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Mo Vaughn
1 year 4 months ago

Actually it does hurt the team signing the player because they have to surrender a high draft pick, though a lot of high draft picks don’t pan out.

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jgordon
1 year 4 months ago

Its not just the draft pick, Along with the loss of the draft pick is the loss of money allotted for the rest of the picks.

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Meh Sheep
1 year 4 months ago

It is only the money lost for the pick that was lost. True they can’t sign the player at that spot for under slot and have extra to spend later but they don’t lose any regular allocation for the later picks.

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1 year 4 months ago

It makes it harder to go over the allotted amount on higher picks, which can be a helpful option for teams.

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Meh Sheep
1 year 4 months ago

Only 5 of the 23 1st round or compensation non-protected picks were signed below slot by more than the $2,500 each (Tampa kept $2,500 from each of their 2 picks) and none by more than 10% of the slot. (key + >= slot, – < slot)

11-240,300
12+
13+
14-200,000
15-175,500
16+
17+
18+
19-205,000
20+
21-2,500
22+
23+
24-93,500
25+
26+
27+
28+
29-2,500
30+
31+
32+
33+

I didn't look at 2nd and 3rd round picks but there is less money in those picks to go below slot. So best case they would be looking at 240,300 in extra slot money to use in the first 10 rounds.

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StevePegues
1 year 4 months ago

$240mil lost seems pretty significant to me.

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Meh Sheep
1 year 4 months ago

That is thousand not million. 240,000,000 would be 240 million.

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StevePegues
1 year 4 months ago

Oops. I guess I’m used to talking about millions when I talk about baseball money. My bad.

Still, $240K (and even down to the $93.5K you list in your analysis) seems pretty darn significant to me. If that’s the kind of money a team can’t have in its pocket to sign picks, in addition to the draft pick, then a team has to weigh that in their decision; I suspect they’d weigh it pretty heavy.

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kcstengelSr
1 year 4 months ago

The easiest and most fair step for both sides is to make a player ineligible for a QO in consecutive years.
Kuroda, for example, would have been free to walk anywhere this year without compensation. Players might be more willing to accept the one-year QO while knowing that they are unrestricted the following year.

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MadmanTX
1 year 4 months ago

Oh, I had forgotten about the qualifying offer being higher than what Cruz accepted today! Now, I really don’t get the deal. I wonder if his agent circled back to the Rangers at any point to see if they could get the same amount for Cruz to DH in Arlington? Then again, maybe a shot at playing the OF was more important to Cruz than the money?

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not_brooks
1 year 4 months ago

With Lough, Jones and Markakis on the team and the importance Buck Showalter places on defense, I highly doubt Cruz is going to see much time in the Baltimore outfield.

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gammaraze
1 year 4 months ago

The Rangers MIGHT have been willing to pay Cruz $8M, but I couldn’t be sure. It was reported that they were checking back and if his asking price continued to drop, they would consider it. I think Morales is a better fit.

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Greg Searles
1 year 4 months ago

Agree system should change. In the meantime, this is Cruz and his agent’s own damn fault for not understanding the market, and rejecting the QO in the first place. TBSS.

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Haewon Kim
1 year 4 months ago

I don’t know if the system should change, but it will change the minds of free agents and their agents… they’ll be more likely to accept the qualifying offers from now on… and when that happens, teams will be less likely to offer QO’s… then many more FA’s won’t be attached to draft pick compensation and the market will play out. The system is in its infancy so some players and teams are getting shafted, but in the end, it’s not a totally screwed up system.

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James Stevens
1 year 4 months ago

Hard to feel bad for Cruz. He overvalued himself based on numbers he put up while juicing.

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michael T
1 year 4 months ago

He gets to be a free agent next year and I can gurantee you the O’s wont make a qualifying offer.

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LittleOtterPaws
1 year 4 months ago

There is no issue with the system, agents/players didn’t know how to play ball in this system, now they do.

Expect more accepted offers next year if the system stays the same.

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NoAZPhilsPhan
1 year 4 months ago

Especially now that they have seen what happened to Cruz and Drew. This has really got to be a pain for someone like Boras who consistently tries to over-sell his clients.

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The_Unnatural
1 year 4 months ago

Yeah, all the blogs thought Cruz and Morales would be smart to take the QO. They saw this coming but the players and their agents didn’t

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James
1 year 4 months ago

Well here’s an idea: accept the qualifying offers!