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A few qualifying offer notes

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The Yankees have made their qualifying offer decisions. Here are a few other indications about qualifying offers from other teams. A complete list should be announced later today.

• The Yankees have already been linked to Carlos Beltran this winter, and Beltran does seem to be a good fit in right field. Signing him, though, will cost a first-round pick as Beltran has received a qualifying offer from the Cardinals. [2]

• Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has made it clear that Detroit will not make any qualifying offers. [3]That’s pretty significant for the Yankees, considering Jhonny Peralta, Joaquin Benoit and Omar Infante could each be a strong fit for the Yankees next season. The Yankees have reportedly already checked on Infante [4] (though, to be fair, the Yankees tend to check on just about everyone).

• Another potential bullpen fit for the Yankees, Joe Nathan, is also expected to not receive a qualifying offer. [5] It’s worth remembering that the Yankees gave a qualifying offer to Rafael Soriano, who turned it down and then struggled to get a better deal on the open market. That could impact the way teams and agents view qualifying offers for relievers.

• Also, no qualifying offer for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but the Red Sox did extend offers to Stephen Drew, Mike Napoli and Jacoby Ellsbury. [6] Of those three, Drew would seem to be the most obvious Yankees target as a shortstop alternative to Derek Jeter. As for Saltalamacchia, even after a good year, $14.1 million would have been a pretty hefty price for a guy who’s best used as a platoon catcher. No qualifying offer does make him a little easier for the Yankees, if they believe he’s up to their expectations defensively. Napoli doesn’t seem to be a great Yankees fit, and the Ellsbury qualifying offer was an obvious no-brainer.

• Of course, Brian McCann is getting a qualifying offer. [7] That was pretty much a given as McCann is probably one of the top five free agents this winter. He could be a target for the Yankees if they decided to make a big splash at catcher, which could be more and more likely if Robinson Cano lands elsewhere.

• Ubaldo Jimenez opted out of his contract and will now receive a qualifying offer from the Indians. [8] At the very least, it’s a nice one-year raise for Jimenez. More likely, though, it’s a little extra baggage as he goes shopping for a multi-year deal after a strong season. Another starting pitcher who seems to be in line for a qualifying offer is Ervin Santana [9]. He had a nice year in Kansas City, and actually should be considered one of the better starting pitchers out there this winter.

No qualifying offer for Josh Johnson. [10]Just a few years ago, Johnson would have been a no-brainer for a qualifying offer or a multi-year deal. Now he’s a massive question mark heading into the offseason.