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Yankees make qualifying offers to Kuroda, Swisher and Soriano

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 02, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have announced that they made qualifying offers to Hiroki Kuroda, Rafael Soriano and Nick Swisher. Soriano and Swisher seem likely to reject, but there’s a chance Kuroda will accept.

UPDATE, 6:12 p.m.: Among the other players who have reportedly received qualifying offers: Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, Adam LaRoche, Kyle Lohse, David Ortiz and B.J. Upton. There may be others, but those are the ones I’ve seen.

Two noteable players who did not receive qualifying offers: Mike Napoli and Torii Hunter.





29 Responses to “Yankees make qualifying offers to Kuroda, Swisher and Soriano”

  1. Jerkface November 2nd, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Good job Yankees, you’re super smart.

  2. yankee21 November 2nd, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Each of these were smart moves by NYY, now the ball is in each of their respective courts.

    I hope and expect Kuroda-san to accept.

    I expect Swisher and Soriano will decline. If either of them surprise me no big deal, worse case NY has either their closer squared away for another year or in the event Mo is healthy and ready to rock in 2013, Soriano can be trade bait.

  3. UnKnown November 2nd, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Hopefully Soriano doesn’t accept. That would be way to much money for Soriano.

  4. Jerkface November 2nd, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I forget if it was jacksquat or austinmac, but I want to re-iterate their point about the qual offer to Kuroda. I really like the move because it does a few things:

    - Shows the commitment to keeping him, on the terms he wishes (1 year) and at a premium price
    - Adds another obstacle for other teams to jump in signing him
    - Potentially benefits the Yankees in the event they do not sign him

    It is a really good tactical move.

  5. blake November 2nd, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Good job yanks

  6. blake November 2nd, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    @DKnobler: Angels did not make qualifying offer to Torii Hunter. They can still sign him, but no compensation if signs elsewhere.

  7. Against All Odds November 2nd, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Marathon is canceled

  8. hope428 November 2nd, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Texas did NOT make a qualifying offer to Napoli. He was earning more than Martin this year, but does anyone think the Yanks should look at Napoli over Martin for next year? Martin is probably a better defensive backstop, though not drastic. Napoli had a down year offensively like Martin but career wise has a substantially better OBP/SLG. What think ye oh wise ones?

  9. RadioKev November 2nd, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    The Yanks didn’t want to overpay Martin, or are working on a multi year deal?

  10. RadioKev November 2nd, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    “Martin is probably a better defensive backstop, though not drastic.”


  11. luis November 2nd, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Good job,

    I think Kuroda accepts. Hopefully Sori and Swisher decline. That means two more picks and almost two mil for the draft pool. Not bad at all.

    On Martin, he is a BUC and should receive money accordingly to his abilities. Napoli would be an improvement over Martin

  12. blake November 2nd, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    @bradfo: Ortiz-Sox “very close” per source

  13. austinmac November 2nd, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Good decisions by the Yankees. I hope Kuroda agrees soon as I think he is essential to the winter.

  14. Tyler November 2nd, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Martin was questionable but I totally understand not wanting to pay 13 million for the guy. I just hope that they aren’t working on a multi-year deal with him… I’d rather overpay for just one.

  15. blake November 2nd, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: David ortiz and #redsox are finalizing an agreement. Good to see great marriage stay together.

  16. MTU November 2nd, 2012 at 6:44 pm


    I believe Kuroda has 7 days in which to accept/decline the QO.

    My bet is that he takes it.

    Or maybe it’s my hope.


  17. jr1212 November 2nd, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    John Perrotto ?@jperrotto
    From someone who knows these things: Josh Hamilton’s asking price is 7 years and $175M. #Rangers #MLB

  18. MTU November 2nd, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Will Cashman lay the groundwork for some trades at the GM Winter meetings ?

    If he’s lucky he’ll have Kuroda-san locked up before then.

  19. MTU November 2nd, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Good luck with that one Josh.

    Call the Dodgers. They like spending money like it’s going out of style.


  20. Against All Odds November 2nd, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    25 mil a yr for 7 yrs is alot when it comes to Hamilton.

  21. blake November 2nd, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    jr1212 says:
    November 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm
    John Perrotto ?@jperrotto
    From someone who knows these things: Josh Hamilton’s asking price is 7 years and $175M. #Rangers #MLB

    Can’t see it….. IMO his market may fall to a level where the Yankees should sign him

  22. MTU November 2nd, 2012 at 6:51 pm


    There always seems to be at least 1 dumb owner out there.


  23. MTU November 2nd, 2012 at 6:53 pm


    Agents always ask for the Moon.

    I doubt very much they think they’ll actually get that.

    It’s a negotiating posture. A starting point.

  24. Against All Odds November 2nd, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    True there is always one looking for a splash in free agency. The Werth and Crawford deals were a surprise.

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