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Today’s main event: Qualifying offers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 04, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Robinson Cano

Teams have until 5 p.m. ET to determine whether to maker $14.1 million qualifying offer to former players who have become free agents. Last year, only nine players were given qualifying offers, and none of them accepted. It’s entirely possible none will accept again this year.

The Yankees have 11 players who are eligible for qualifying offers — mid-season acquisitions are not eligible — and it seems likely they’ll offer exactly three (Cano, Granderson and Kuroda). Here are all of the Yankees qualifying offer possibilities (and in some cases, the term “possibility” is used strictly in a technical sense).

CanoROBINSON CANO
Reason to offer: Because on a one-year deal, Cano might be considered a bargain at twice the price.
Reason not to offer: Because he doesn’t always run hard out of the box. Is that a good enough reason?
Reason he would accept: Because, I don’t know, maybe Jay-Z could be confused by the concept of a qualifying offer and give Cano absolutely horrible advice.
Reason he wouldn’t: Because no player or agent is dumb enough to take a qualifying offer in Cano’s position.

JOBA CHAMBERLAIN
Reason to offer: Because it’s 2008 and Joba’s going to be the next big thing!
Reason not to offer: Because it’s not 2008.
Reason he would accept: Because it’s one year, $14.1 million.
Reason he wouldn’t: Chamberlain would have to really, really hate the Yankees and New York to turn down $14.1 million.

GrandersonCURTIS GRANDERSON
Reason to offer: Because the Yankees suddenly need a power bat, and Granderson’s capable of hitting 40 home runs while playing any outfield position.
Reason not to offer: Only if you truly believe that two broken bones on hit by pitches will happen again next year.
Reason he would accept: Because it’s good money for one year, giving him a chance to reestablish top value for next winter.
Reason he wouldn’t: Because, frankly, his value is still awfully high even after a season lost to injury. Getting one year, $14.1 million shouldn’t be tough in this market.

TRAVIS HAFNER
Reason to offer: I can’t think of a single one.
Reason not to offer: I can think of many.
Reason he would accept: I can think of many.
Reason he wouldn’t: I can’t think of a single one.

HughesPHIL HUGHES
Reason to offer: Because he’s a starting pitcher still in his mid-20s, and he won 16 games just last year.
Reason not to offer: Because he had a 5.19 ERA this season, and his fly ball tendency doesn’t seem to be a good fit for Yankee Stadium.
Reason he would accept: Because whether he fits Yankee Stadium or not, $14.1 million for one year is going to be tough to beat on the open market.
Reason he wouldn’t: Because despite the bad season and the history of inconsistency, Hughes could still land a multi-year deal to pitch somewhere other than New York.

HIROKI KURODA
Reason to offer: Because for two years, Kuroda’s been arguably the Yankees most reliable starting pitcher and he’s coming off a strong 3.31 ERA.
Reason not to offer: Because he turns 39 in February, and his struggles down the stretch could be a sign of things to come.
Reason he would accept: Because $14.1 million nearly matches his 2013 salary, and there might be something to be said for getting a contract settled quickly and easily.
Reason he wouldn’t: Because, unless he’s been hiding an injury, making $14.1 million next season shouldn’t be much of a problem, even at his age.

LoganBOONE LOGAN
Reason to offer: Because he was actually much better the past four years than he’s given credit for being.
Reason not to offer: Because at the end of the day, he’s a left-handed reliever who would have a hard time making half of a qualifying offer on the open market.
Reason he would accept: Because at the end of the day, he’s a left-handed reliever who would have a hard time making half of a qualifying offer on the open market.
Reason he wouldn’t: Because he really, really loves Texas? I don’t know. There’s really no reason.

LYLE OVERBAY
Reason to offer: Because baseball has a new rule that only right-handed pitchers are allowed to pitch, and doubles now count the same as home runs.
Reason not to offer: Because of those damn lefties!
Reason he would accept: Because the guy had to settle for a minor league deal last offseason.
Reason he wouldn’t: Take your promises of jewels and extravagance elsewhere, Yankees! Lyle Overbay will not be a part-time player under any circumstances!

PettitteANDY PETTITTE
Reason to offer: Because he made $12 million last year and pitched awfully well.
Reason not to offer: Because it’s not like he’s going anywhere else.
Reason he would accept: Because he’s sick of retirement already!
Reason he wouldn’t: Because he’s made his choice. Now, would someone bring Andy another pina colada?

MARIANO RIVERA
Reason to offer: Because maybe he’ll come back!
Reason not to offer: Please come back!
Reason he would accept: Just accept it, ok?
Reason he wouldn’t: Ugh. Fine.

YoukilisKEVIN YOUKILIS
Reason to offer: Because it’s only a $2 million raise from last season, and he did hit .305 with 20 homers last season.
Reason not to offer: What’s that? Youkilis didn’t hit .305 with 20 homers last season? Well, never mind then.
Reason he would accept: Because why get $12 million out of the Yankees when you can get $26.1 million out of them?
Reason he wouldn’t: Maybe he doesn’t want to play again or badly wants to return to Boston? I can’t think of another reason.

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