Six MLB players got qualifying offer.Who, if any will sign them?
Trevor Bauer, Marcus Stroman, Kevin Gausman, DJ LeMahieu, George Springer, J.T. Realmuto are the six.It is worth 18.9 million.
Personally, I think four should think about it.Stroman, Gausman, LeMahieu, and Springer.Bauer is an interesting case as well.Reason I say the four should think about it is because teams are cutting so much cost, and uncertain how next CBA will pan out, some teams will be less likely to give up picks and so much cash to bring them in, with a possible lost season from pending work stoppage.I have little faith they will work it out without losing at least some a season. They all are worth players to look at in normal offseason, but there is nothing normal about this offseason.So many guys are getting non-tendered, and options not picked up the pool will be huge, and teams will be bargain shopping.
Bauer, I said long ago will be interesting because of his desire to sign only 1 year deals.With the QO being put down, will any team give up long term asset of a draft pick for a 1 year rental?I think only teams that will are high payroll teams that can fill in lost long term cost controlled assets like that.That being said, how many will bid against themselves?I think he should, and will turn it down, and most likely get bigger 1 year deal from a team like Yankees, Dodgers, Angels, or some other team always looking to add big name FA.It will be interesting to see how things shake out for him though.
Realmuto, is good catcher that are always in high demand and teams will be willing to spend on him regardless of how the COVID spending is going.In normal year, all six should and would turn it down, but this year I feel different with the trends of cost cutting teams have been doing.What do you think?