Under the current collective bargaining agreement, there are two reasons a player can be ineligible for a qualifying offer in a given offseason: they received one in a previous offseason, or they were traded during the just-completed season. The trade hall pass only applies to that specific year.
Sometimes it can be difficult to remember whether a current free agent received a QO years ago, so I’ve compiled a list of such active players. It remains to be seen how the qualifying offer system might be modified in a new CBA. Here’s the list:
Hyun Jin Ryu
Will Smith (pitcher)