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D-backs give qualifying offers to Corbin, Pollock

November 2, 2018

PHOENIX -- The D-backs made qualifying offers to left-hander Patrick Corbin and outfielder A.J. Pollock on Friday.The qualifying offer, which is a one-year contract, is worth $17.9 million this year. That's the mean salary of Major League Baseball's 125 highest-paid players. Corbin and Pollock have until Nov. 12 at 3

PHOENIX -- The D-backs made qualifying offers to left-hander Patrick Corbin and outfielder A.J. Pollock on Friday.
The qualifying offer, which is a one-year contract, is worth $17.9 million this year. That's the mean salary of Major League Baseball's 125 highest-paid players. Corbin and Pollock have until Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. MST to accept or reject the offer.
Accepting the offer means the player is under contract for 2019. If the player rejects the offer, he becomes a free agent.
Corbin, who is expected to be one of, if not the, top pitcher on the free-agent market, is all but certain to reject the offer after going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and an ERA+ of 137 (where 100 is the MLB average).
Pollock's situation is less certain as he is coming off a season in which he was limited by an avulsion fracture in his left thumb that he sustained while diving for a ball in May. The injury forced him to miss six weeks and he struggled to find his consistency -- hitting .257/.316/.484.

When fully healthy, Pollock has shown himself to be one of the game's best players. The center fielder had a banner 2015 season when he hit .315/.367/.498 and won a National League Gold Glove Award.
Given the way the 2018 season went, it's possible Pollock could accept the qualifying offer, and the soon-to-be 31-year-old could then test the free-agent market after next season.

If Corbin or Pollock reject the qualifying offer and sign a contract with another team for at least $50 million, the D-backs would receive a compensatory pick in the 2019 MLB Draft between the first round and the Competitive Balance Round A.
If either signs for less than $50 million, the compensation would come after the Competitive Balance Round B, which follows the second round.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.