History of qualifying-offer decisions

Who accepted, who rejected and what Draft picks teams received

December 1st, 2021

Since the qualifying offer was implemented in 2012, 110 players have received the one-year contract offer from their teams. But only 11 players have accepted the offer -- including one of the 14 players who received qualifying offers in '21 for the '22 season.

The qualifying-offer system changed with the ratification of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in December 2016. Previously, teams forfeited their first-round pick (or second-round pick if they had a protected pick in the top 10 overall selections) if they signed a player who had rejected a qualifying offer, while the player's former team received a compensatory pick immediately following the first round. Per the updated rules, the Draft-pick compensation for a team that loses a free agent who turned down a qualifying offer is based on its status in regard to revenue sharing and the competitive-balance tax.

Here are all the players who have received qualifying offers since the system was implemented -- who accepted it, who rejected it and signed with a new team and who rejected it but re-signed with the same team -- and what Draft picks teams received as compensation for losing free agents who rejected qualifying offers.

2021 ($18.4 million)
Accepted

, Giants

Rejected (signed elsewhere)
, Blue Jays
Where he signed: Mariners (five years, $115 million)
Blue Jays' compensatory Draft pick: After Competitive Balance Round B

, Red Sox
Where he signed: Tigers (five years, $77 million)
Red Sox's compensatory Draft pick: After Competitive Balance Round B

, Dodgers
Where he signed: Rangers (10 years, $325 million)
Dodgers' compensatory Draft pick: After fourth round

, Blue Jays
Where he signed: Rangers (seven years, $175 million)
Blue Jays' compensatory Draft pick: After Competitive Balance Round B

, Mets
Where he signed: Angels (one year, $21 million)
Mets' compensatory Draft pick: After Competitive Balance Round B

Rejected (re-signed with same team)
, Angels
New contract: Four years, $58 million (per source)

, Astros
New contract: One year, $25 million (per source)

Rejected (unsigned)
, Reds
, Mets
, Astros
, Braves
, Rockies
, Dodgers

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2020 ($18.9 million)
Accepted
, Giants
, Mets

Rejected (signed elsewhere)
, Reds
Where he signed: Dodgers (three years, $102 million)
Reds' compensatory Draft pick: Jay Allen, OF (No. 30 overall)

, Astros
Where he signed: Blue Jays (six years, $150 million)
Astros' compensatory Draft pick: Chayce McDermott, RHP (No. 132 overall)

Rejected (re-signed with same team)
DJ LeMahieu, Yankees
New contract: Six years, $90 million

J.T. Realmuto, Phillies
New contract: Five years, $115.5 million

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2019 ($17.8 million)
Accepted
, White Sox (replaced with three-year, $50 million contract)
, Twins

Rejected (signed elsewhere)
, Giants
Where he signed: D-backs (five years, $85 million)
Giants' compensatory Draft pick: Nick Swiney, LHP (No. 67 overall)

, Astros
Where he signed: Yankees (nine years, $324 million)
Astros' compensatory Draft pick: Alex Santos, RHP (No. 72 overall)

, Braves
Where he signed: Twins (four years, $92 million)
Braves' compensatory Draft pick: Forfeited when Atlanta signed free agent, and fellow qualifying-offer recipient, Marcell Ozuna

, Cardinals
Where he signed: Braves (one year, $18 million)
Cardinals' compensatory Draft pick: Alec Burleson, OF (No. 70 overall)

, Nationals
Where he signed: Angels (seven years, $245 million)
Nationals' compensatory Draft pick: Sammy Infante, SS (No. 71 overall)

, Giants
Where he signed: Braves (three years, $39 million)
Giants' compensatory Draft pick: Jimmy Glowenke, SS (No. 68 overall)

, Mets
Where he signed: Phillies (five years, $118 million)
Mets' compensatory Draft pick: Isaiah Greene, OF (No. 69 overall)

Rejected (re-signed with same team)
, Nationals
New contract: Seven years, $245 million

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2018 ($17.9 million)
Accepted
, Dodgers

Rejected (signed elsewhere)
, D-backs
Where he signed: Nationals (six years, $140 million)
D-backs' compensatory Draft pick: Brennan Malone, RHP (No. 33 overall)

, Dodgers
Where he signed: Brewers (one year, $18.25 million)
Dodgers' compensatory Draft pick: Jimmy Lewis, RHP (No. 78 overall)

, Nationals
Where he signed: Phillies (13 years, $330 million)
Nationals' compensatory Draft pick: None (forfeited for signing Corbin)

, Astros
Where he signed: Braves (one year, $13 million)
Astros' compensatory Draft pick: None (Keuchel signed after Draft)

, Red Sox
Where he signed: Cubs (three years, $43 million)
Red Sox's compensatory Draft pick: None (Kimbrel signed after Draft)

, D-backs
Where he signed: Dodgers (four years, $55 million)
D-backs' compensatory Draft pick: Drey Jameson, RHP (No. 34 overall)

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2017 ($17.4 million)
Accepted
None

Rejected (signed elsewhere)
, Cubs
Where he signed: Phillies (three years, $75 million)
Cubs' compensatory Draft pick: Paul Richan, RHP (No. 78 overall)

, Royals
Where he signed: Brewers (five years, $80 million)
Royals' compensatory Draft pick: Jackson Kowar, RHP (No. 33 overall)

• Alex Cobb, Rays
Where he signed: Orioles (four years, $57 million)
Rays' compensatory Draft pick: Shane McClanahan, LHP (No. 31 overall)

, Cubs
Where he signed: Rockies (three years, $52 million)
Cubs' compensatory Draft pick: Cole Roederer, OF (No. 77 overall)

• Greg Holland, Rockies
Where he signed: Cardinals (one year, $14 million)
Rockies' compensatory Draft pick: Mitchell Kilkenny, RHP (No. 76 overall)

, Royals
Where he signed: Padres (eight years, $144 million)
Royals' compensatory Draft pick: Daniel Lynch, LHP (No. 34 overall)

, Cardinals
Where he signed: Twins (one year, $12 million)
Cardinals' compensatory Draft pick: Luken Baker, 1B (No. 75 overall)

, Indians
Where he signed: Phillies (three years, $60 million)
Indians' compensatory Draft pick: Ethan Hankins, RHP (No. 35 overall)

Rejected (re-signed with same team)
• Mike Moustakas, Royals
New contract: One year, $6.5 million with incentives up to $22.7 million

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2016 ($17.2 million)
Accepted
, Phillies
, Mets

Rejected (signed elsewhere)
, Rangers
Where he signed: Rockies (five years, $70 million)
Rangers' compensatory Draft pick: Chris Siese, SS (No. 29 overall)

, Blue Jays
Where he signed: Indians (three years, $60 million)
Blue Jays' compensatory Draft pick: Nate Pearson, RHP (No. 28 overall)

, Cubs
Where he signed: Cardinals (five years, $82.5 million)
Cubs' compensatory Draft pick: Alex Lange, RHP (No. 30 overall)

Rejected (re-signed with same team)
, Blue Jays
New contract: One year, $18 million

, Mets
New contract: Four years, $110 million

, Dodgers
New contract: Five years, $80 million

, Orioles
New contract: Three years, $37.5 million

, Dodgers
New contract: Four years, $64 million

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2015 ($15.8 million)
Accepted
, Dodgers
, Astros
• Matt Wieters, Orioles

Rejected
, Orioles
Where he signed: Marlins (five years, $80 million)
Orioles' compensatory Draft pick: Cody Sedlock, RHP (No. 27 overall)

, Nationals
Where he signed: Rangers (one year, $8 million)
Nationals' compensatory Draft pick: , RHP (No. 29 overall)

• Zack Greinke, Dodgers
Where he signed: D-backs (six years, $206.5 million)
Dodgers' compensatory Draft pick: Will Smith, C (No. 32 overall)

, Rangers
Where he signed: Orioles (three years, $35 million)
Rangers' compensatory Draft pick: Cole Ragans, LHP (No. 30 overall)

, Cardinals
Where he signed: Cubs (eight years, $184 million)
Cardinals' compensatory Draft pick: , RHP (No. 34 overall)

, Padres
Where he signed: Royals (five years, $70 million)
Padres' compensatory Draft pick: , LHP (No. 25 overall)

, Cardinals
Where he signed: Cubs (two years, $32 million)
Cardinals' compensatory Draft pick: Dylan Carson, OF (No. 33 overall)

, Mets
Where he signed: Nationals (three years, $37.5 million)
Mets' compensatory Draft pick: Anthony Kay, LHP (No. 31 overall)

• Jeff Samardzija, White Sox
Where he signed: Giants (five years, $90 million)
White Sox's compensatory Draft pick: Zack Burdi, RHP (No. 26 overall)

, Padres
Where he signed: Tigers (six years, $132.75 million)
Padres' compensatory Draft pick: Hudson Potts, SS (No. 24 overall)

, Nationals
Where he signed: Tigers (five years, $110 million)
Nationals' compensatory Draft pick: Carter Kieboom, SS (No. 28 overall)

Rejected (re-signed with same team)
• Chris Davis, Orioles
New contract: Seven years, $161 million

, Blue Jays
New contract: Two years, $26 million

, Cubs
New contract: One year, $8 million

, Royals
New contract: Four years, $72 million

, Mariners
New contract: One year, $11 million

, Dodgers
New contract: Two years, $20 million

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2014 ($15.3 million)
Accepted
None

Rejected (signed elsewhere)
, Blue Jays
Where he signed: White Sox (three years, $42 million)
Blue Jays' compensatory Draft pick: Jon Harris, RHP (No. 29 overall)

, Orioles
Where he signed: Mariners (four years, $57 million)
Orioles' compensatory Draft pick: Ryan Mountcastle, SS (No. 36 overall)

• Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
Where he signed: Mets (two years, $21 million)
Rockies' compensatory Draft pick: Mike Nikorak, RHP (No. 27 overall)

, Pirates
Where he signed: Blue Jays (five years, $82 million)
Pirates' compensatory Draft pick: Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B (No. 32 overall)

, Dodgers
Where he signed: Red Sox (four years, $88 million)
Dodgers' compensatory Draft pick: Kyle Funkhouser, RHP (No. 35 overall)

, Yankees
Where he signed: White Sox (four years, $46 million)
Yankees' compensatory Draft pick: Kyle Holder, SS (No. 30 overall)

, Giants
Where he signed: Red Sox (five years, $95 million)
Giants' compensatory Draft pick: Chris Shaw, 1B (No. 31 overall)

, Braves
Where he signed: Twins (four years, $55 million)
Braves' compensatory Draft pick: , RHP (No. 28 overall)

• Max Scherzer, Tigers
Where he signed: Nationals (seven years, $210 million)
Tigers' compensatory Draft pick: Christin Stewart, OF (No. 34 overall)

, Royals
Where he signed: Padres (four years, $75 million)
Royals' compensatory Draft pick: Nolan Watson, RHP (No. 33 overall)

Rejected (re-signed with same team)
, Pirates
New contract: Three years, $39 million

, Tigers
New contract: Four years, $68 million

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2013 ($14.1 million)
Accepted
None

Rejected (signed elsewhere)
• Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
Where he signed: Yankees (three years, $45 million)
Cardinals' compensatory Draft pick: , RHP (No. 34 overall)

, Yankees
Where he signed: Mariners (10 years, $240 million)
Yankees' compensatory Draft pick: None (lost pick for signing Beltran)

, Reds
Where he signed: Rangers (seven years, $130 million)
Reds' compensatory Draft pick: , 3B (No. 29 overall)

, Rangers
Where he signed: Orioles (one year, $8 million)
Rangers' compensatory Draft pick: , RHP (No. 30 overall)

, Red Sox
Where he signed: Yankees (seven years, $153 million)
Red Sox's compensatory Draft pick: , RHP (No. 33 overall)

, Yankees
Where he signed: Mets (four years, $60 million)
Yankees' compensatory Draft pick: None (lost pick for signing Ellsbury)

, Indians
Where he signed: Orioles (four years, $50 million)
Indians' compensatory Draft pick: , LHP (No. 31 overall)

, Braves
Where he signed: Yankees (five years, $85 million)
Braves' compensatory Draft pick: Braxton Davidson, OF (No. 32 overall)

, Mariners
Where he signed: Twins (one year, $7.4 million -- prorated version of $12 million contract signed in June)
Mariners' compensatory Draft pick: None (lost pick for signing Cano)

• Ervin Santana, Royals
Where he signed: Braves (one year, $14.1 million)
Royals' compensatory Draft pick: Foster Griffin, LHP (No. 28 overall)

Rejected (re-signed with same team)
• Stephen Drew, Red Sox
New contract: One year, $10.1 million (prorated version of $14.1 million deal signed in May)

• Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees
New contract: One year, $16 million

• Mike Napoli, Red Sox
New contract: Two years, $32 million

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2012 ($13.3 million)
Accepted
None

Rejected (signed elsewhere)
• Michael Bourn, Braves
Where he signed: Indians (four years, $48 million)
Braves' compensatory Draft pick: , OF (No. 31 overall)

• Josh Hamilton, Rangers
Where he signed: Angels (five years, $125 million)
Rangers' compensatory Draft pick: , 3B (No. 30 overall)

, Cardinals
Where he signed: Brewers (three years, $33 million)
Cardinals' compensatory Draft pick: Rob Kaminsky, LHP (No. 28 overall)

• Rafael Soriano, Yankees
Where he signed: Nationals (two years, $28 million)
Yankees' compensatory Draft pick: , LHP (No. 33 overall)

• Nick Swisher, Yankees
Where he signed: Indians (four years, $56 million)
Yankees' compensatory Draft pick: , OF (No. 32 overall)

• Melvin Upton Jr., Rays
Where he signed: Braves (five years, $75.25 million)
Rays' compensatory Draft pick: , RHP (No. 29 overall)

Rejected (re-signed with same team)
• Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees
New contract: One year, $15 million

• Adam LaRoche, Nationals
New contract: Two years, $25 million

• David Ortiz, Red Sox
New contract: Two years, $26 million