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Don’t Cry For Players That Were Given The Qualifying Offer: And Are Not Being Signed

The Players of the MLBPA will have their chance to collectively bargain the rule of Qualifying Offer after the current CBA ends at the end of this year. Despite hearing a ton of groaning on radio airwaves from MLB hosts, the problem is just not as direr as they project. I may say they are trying to shock their audience for 24/7/365 programming. I argue the point that the 'QO' is not that bad.

The Players of the MLBPA will have their chance to collectively bargain the rule of Qualifying Offer after the current CBA ends at the end of this year. Despite hearing a ton of groaning on radio airwaves from MLB hosts, the problem is just not as dire as they project. I may say they are trying to shock their audience for 24/7/365 programming. I argue the point that the ‘QO’ is not that bad.  The Draft Picks assigned for the players should not dissuade teams from singing them, as the percentage of picks 11 – 30 of the 1st Round do not have a huge conversion rate in the Majors that would trump these players current production anyway.

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I will spare a ton of rhetoric and cut right to the chase.  3 out of the 20 players are still without a deal that were linked to the Qualifying Offer of $15.8 MIL in November.  This not egregious in any way in my view.

Dexter Fowler, Yovani Gallardo and Ian Desmond all could have taken the deal, played one more year and then hit the open market again.  Heck, they still can, but probably are not going to get in the vicinity of that cash for a one year deal with a Draft Pick nailed to it.

If anyone is to blame it is their agents.  This is simply the price of doing business.

Desmond for sure has no one to blame when the Nats hit him with a 7 year deal worth $107 MIL prior to 2014. Don’t you think he would love a Mulligan on that one?

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Fowler had a great year, but he still only featured a .757 OPS and strikes out a ton.  He was also only one year removed from a year where he had 8 HRs and 35 RBI.

I like Fowler as a player, but he has never been an ALL – Star, never finished in the top 25 for MVP, and only ever led the league in one category, yet thought he was going to be handsomely paid for his work?

He should have definitely taken that $15.8 MIL, came back to play for the Cubs, and hit the open market in 2017, where there is not too many guys clogging him like this year’s Free Agent class had.

Fowler is certainly unlucky he has played the majority of his career in Colorado too – because that is skewering his perception.

The real thinking behind most GM’s is that Fowler is a lot like Brett Gardner.  The comparison is just – and that guy is being paid about $13 MIL per season.

My thought process is why don’t these guys take 1 year deals, place some of that $15.8 MIL on insurance and bank on themselves to have another good year?  A team can’t place this stipulation on them a second time.  If that were the case than a player would have a real gripe.

Fowler also reached 500 AB for just the 1st time in his career for the 2015 season.  It was a calculated risk to enter the open market and test Free Agency.  It sucks that it has come to this, but if he still gets 2 years and $20 MIL in total it doesn’t represent a gross underpay either.

Gallardo has pitched admirably in his time in Texas, and should still see his AAV be near the Qualifying Offer.

I hate it when I am listening to MLB radio and the hosts are going nuts on the process of this.  The players will get what the market bears.

Over the last several years, how many of these players have really been affected?I mean seriously.

Kyle Lohse signed in Spring Training and still got 3 Years/$33 MIL from the Cards.

Ervin Santana got exactly the QO in 2014 to pitch for the Braves.

Kendrys Morales signed for the prorated salary from the Qualifying Offer for the Twins in 2014.  It is his own fault he wasn’t in shape when the Twins came calling.

Stephen Drew also signed with Boston for “QO” prorated, and it was the Red Sox who signed their own player here.  may be the only guy to have really lost out on this whole process so far until now.

Both Morales and Drew did lose money, but who is to say they wouldn’t have fetched what they received on the open market anyway.  Drew made $10.1 MIL – and Morales $7.4 MIL.

That’s about 10 guys over 5 years, and out of 750 players annually in the MLBPA – this is a very small percentage.  The system works in my opinion, with just maybe 2 or 3 players taking a hit for the entire union.

Perhaps it is just radio hosts just trying to rile up people with 24/7/365 coverage in the winter part of the year, but it is ridiculous.

The Type A through D compensation picks system was being exploited before, and I think the market is correcting itself on this version.

It will be raised again next winter, and maybe more guys than 3 will be smart about it by signing their name to it.  Earn your cash.

If you are a player in the MLBPA you also have every right to collectively bargain in a new system after this year, so for these guys that hate the process, go and take up with the Players Union.

I mean whatever happened to the diminishing skills clause that the White Sox invoked on Frank Thomas?

You can say in principle that Colby Rasmus, Brett Anderson and Matt Wieters all are on the profit side of the ledger with their $15.8 MIL deals in 2016, while Desmond, Gallardo and Fowler may lose out some dough.  At worst, this is a break even proposition.

I like seeing teams be compensated for departing players.  Michael Wacha is the best case of a compensation pick when Albert Pujols left to the Angels.  Yes that predated the current CBA, however it was still a great replacement.

If the MLB players hate the rule – at least they have a forum to be heard in next years new CBA.  Until then, I hope the radio guys keep their yam shut on the topic.

Ian Desmond could not have picked a worst time to nosedive in starting a season last year, however he hit 12 HRs and added 38 RBI in 72 Games following the ALL - Star game last season, and is one of the best hitting Shortstops in the league. Could you imagine an Infield powerhouse output of Frazier, Desmond, Lawrie and Abreu. Chicago has the 10th pick the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft, that would be protected from singing anyone with draft pick compensation,

Ian Desmond could not have picked a worst time to nosedive in starting a season last year, however he hit 12 HRs and added 38 RBI in 72 Games following the ALL – Star game last season, and is one of the best hitting Shortstops in the league.  His 2nd half was not enough to convince MLB GM’s that his 4 straight years of offensive decline won’t reverse in the coming years.  As of today. the 30 year old is still unemployed.

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