While it’s never been done before, 2015-16 could finally be the year that one of baseball’s free agents grabs the dangling carrot and takes the qualifying offer. The league handed out a record 20 such offers this year. Though it’s highly unlikely that a player would actually be willing to take a one-year deal given the fact that baseball has guaranteed contracts, a $15.8 million salary seems very attractive.
Having watched Stephen Drew leave a ton of money on the table, and players like Kendrys Morales and Ubaldo Jimenez twist in the breeze while they waited for a team to pull the trigger on a multi-year deal, taking the certainty of the qualifying offer could finally look attractive enough for one player to take it. With teams placing an even greater premium on first-round draft picks, a handful of players every year will face some difficulty in finding a new home in free agency.
Here are the players from this year’s crop of qualifying offers who should continue taking the money.