The season just ended, but it’s already time to think about qualifying offers for impending free agents. For those unfamiliar, teams must give qualifying offers to their free agents if they want to receive draft pick compensation. The player has the ability to accept the qualifying offer (which will be a one-year, $15.8 million contract this time around), but if they turn it down and sign a contract elsewhere, the team nets a compensatory draft pick for 2016. Likewise, the signing team surrenders a draft pick. Players like David Price and Yoenis Cespedes can’t receive qualifying offers from the Blue Jays and Mets respectively since they were acquired midseason. However, those who were with the same team for all of 2015 are eligible. One such player who falls under this classification is Matt Wieters. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Orioles are expected to give him a qualifying offer by Friday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline.
Orioles expected to give a qualifying offer to Matt Wieters
Hardball Talk | Nov 3