MLB players to test free agency
The focus of Day One of the GM meetings was primarily on the qualifying offers made to 12 players: Michael Cuddyer, Ervin Santana, Francisco Liriano, Victor Martinez, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson, Russell Martin, Max Scherzer, Nelson Cruz, Pablo Sandoval, James Shields, and Hanley Ramirez.
By 5PM EST on Monday, all 12 players had declined their qualifying offers of $15.3 million and will test the free agent market. Of course. Because…more money.
Many players will likely re-sign with their same teams, but some of these big names could move and shift the power around MLB. In fact, Michael Cuddyer has already landed with the New York Mets in a two year deal worth $21 million. Colorado will receive a compensation draft pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. For the Rockies, the ink on the rejection letter wasn’t even dry yet before Cuddyer was with his new team.
Another name that is rumored to be moving is Hanley Ramirez to possibly the Boston Red Sox. There has been much talk about his possible departure from L.A. and it appears his exit is eminent. Ramirez leaving could be disastrous for the Dodgers as he was seen as a leader in the locker room and was the glue that kept this team together over the last two seasons.
The Cubs and Theo seem to be the talk of free agency as they are in the market for starting pitching and have the money to spend. Jon Heyman from CBSSports.com is reporting that the Cubs are in the hunt for either Jon Lester or Max Scherzer, both of whom are considered likely to be on the move from their current squads.
On the flip side of the “Do You Still Like Me?” note being passed around at the GM meetings, Cabrera, Martin, Shields, and Sandoval are all players who received a check mark in the YES box from their current teams and are being pursued aggressively to re-sign.
Day Two of the GM meetings see the powers that be discuss such topics as the implementation of instant replay and how it has gone as well as good ol’ Rule 7.13 about blocking home plate, which nobody seems to really understand. Stay tuned here and follow me on Twitter for updates throughout the GM Meetings: Follow @Cap_Kaveman