MLB free-agent qualifying offer price up to $17.2 million

BY foxsports • October 13, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) The price of qualifying offers for Major League Baseball free agents will be $17.2 million this year.

The figure, announced Thursday, is up 8.9 percent from $15.8 million last year. It was determined by the average of the top 125 major league contracts this year by average annual value.

Among the potential free agents are outfielders Yoenis Cespedes, Jose Bautista, Mark Trumbo, Josh Reddick and Ian Desmond; first baseman Edwin Encarnacion; catcher Matt Wieters; and closers Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon.

A qualifying offer can be made through the fifth day after the World Series, and a player has a week after that to accept. If a team makes a qualifying offer to a player who signs a major league contract with another club before the June amateur draft, his former club would receive a draft pick as compensation at the end of the first round.



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