MLB notebook: 13 free agents receive $14.1M qualifying offers
The World Series champion Red Sox made $14.1 million qualifying offers to free agents Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew on Monday, the first deadline day of baseball's offseason.
Thirteen free agents received the offers, up from nine last year. The Yankees also extended offers to a trio of players: second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.
Players accepting are signed for next season. If a player signs elsewhere, his former team gets an extra draft pick at the end of the first round next June as compensation.
Others receiving the offers were Atlanta catcher Brian McCann, Cincinnati outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, Kansas City pitcher Ervin Santana, St. Louis outfielder Carlos Beltran, Seattle designated hitter Kendrys Morales and Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz.
Free agents can start talking contract with all teams on Tuesday.
The amount of the qualifying offer, which increased by $800,000 this year, is set by baseball's collective bargaining agreement as the average of the 125 highest contracts.
Among the nine players who received the offers last year, the only ones to stay with their teams were Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, Kuroda and Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche.
If a new club signs a player who received a qualifying offer, that team gives up a high draft pick. The top 10 overall selections in the draft cannot be forfeited, and a team signing multiple qualified players would lose a corresponding amount of selections.
• The Rockies and right-handed reliever Matt Belisle have exercised their mutual option for 2014, the team announced through its Twitter account. Belisle is scheduled to make $4.25 million next season. The 33-year-old Belisle went 5-7 with a 4.32 ERA in 73 innings this year, striking out 62 and walking 15 in his fifth season with the Rockies.
• Fire crews from three departments quickly knocked down a Monday afternoon blaze that damaged a suburban Seattle house belonging to Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez. The Bellevue Fire Department tweeted that the majority of the fire was quickly knocked down. There was no immediate information on the extent or cause of the fire.
• Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox will join holdovers George Steinbrenner and Marvin Miller on the Hall of Fame expansion era committee ballot next month.
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