Predictably, all three Yankees qualifying offers have been rejected.
Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and Curtis Granderson will each enter the free agent market tied to draft pick compensation if they sign elsewhere. Of course, it’s worth noting that the Yankees will get no compensation if Kuroda decides to retire or pitch in Japan, and those two seem to be possibilities.
Ultimately, three rejections is exactly what the Yankees were expecting. There was never any chance Cano would accept, there seem to be only a microscopic chance on Kuroda, and early thoughts of Granderson accepting quickly subsided when his spot in the market became a little clearer. Teams seem willing to spend, and Granderson is one of the better power bats available. Hard to imagine he’ll have a hard time topping one year, $14.1 million.
So, the market is open, and the Yankees have the same holes — and the same questions — we were expecting.
UPDATE, 5:29 p.m.: Looks like all 13 qualifying offers were rejected. Same thing happened last year.