The Indians have taken the first step in trying to keep free-agent first baseman Carlos Santana in the fold, while also protecting themselves in the event that he signs with another team this offseason. On Monday, Cleveland extended Santana a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer for 2018, giving the first baseman at least something to consider as he weighs his options on the open market. The contract proposal also positions the Indians to potentially net an extra pick in next June's MLB Draft, if Santana heads elsewhere. Santana has 10 days to accept or decline the offer. The Indians did not give a qualifying offer to setup man Bryan Shaw, who was also eligible. The team also declined the $7 million club option to retain veteran lefty Boone Logan, who will get a $1 million buyout and joins Jay Bruce, Joe Smith, Craig Breslow, Austin Jackson, Santana and Shaw among Cleveland's free agents. Under the latest Collective Bargaining Agrement, if Santana were to reject the Indians' qualifying offer and then sign a contract worth at least $50 million total with a new team, Cleveland would then be eligible for a Draft pick between the first round and Competive Balance Round A in the 2018 MLB Draft. If the contract were under $50 million, the Indians' compensatory pick would fall after Competive Balance Round B, which is after the second round.
Cleveland Indians make Carlos Santana $17.4 million qualifying offer
MLB.com | Nov 6