The Texas Rangers declined to extend a qualifying offer to right-hander Andrew Cashner, meaning the Rangers will not receive draft-pick compensation if he signs with another club as a free agent.

The one-year qualifying offer this year is worth $17.4 million, a figure the Rangers weren’t comfortable giving to Cashner even though he was their most consistent starter in 2017. There was the risk of the native Texan accepting it and limiting how much they could offer another free-agent starter.

“Andrew had a good year for us,” Daniels said. “It just came down to economics. Had he accepted, it wasn’t how we wanted to allocate our resources this winter, that much in this particular spot.”

Daniels said that the Rangers could spend that much money on a pitcher, but wouldn’t commit to it. Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta are likely to fetch contracts worth more than $20 million annually as free agents this off-season.