Players such as Matt Wieters and Chris Davis have until 5 PM this afternoon to either accept or decline qualifying offers made to them by the Baltimore Orioles. I see next to no way that Davis accepts his qualifying offer, however there does appear to be a shot that Wieters does. That would give him in effect a one-year deal with the Orioles for 2016, paying him in the ballpark of $15.8 million.
For what it’s worth, players who accept QO’s can’t be traded before June 15th of the following season. That is unless they sign a new long term deal with the club, in which ase the QO is null and void. This is not to say that any of the three players (Wei-Yin Chen being the third) to whom the Orioles made Qualifying Offers is going to be extended, however it’s worth mentioning.
In Wieters’ case, the market on him might have suddenly soured a bit – which could explain why he’s apparently considering taking the QO. The Atlanta Braves were apparently a team that was interested in him, however they re-signed veteran A.J. Pierzynski earlier this week. Another team that was interested, Washington, appears to have had their interest in Wieters overstated.
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At the end of the day time will tell what any of these players do. As I said, they have until 5 PM this afternoon to decide. Of the three, Wieters appears the most likely to accept the QO. Having said that, I would expect all three of them to eventually turn it down.
Houston’s Colby Rasmus actually accepted a Qualifying Offer yesterday, which will pay him the aforementioned $15.8 million in 2016. That’s not something that normally happens, however Houston gets their man and Rasmus gets a fat paycheck each month. Or at least a fatter one than he would have probably gotten on the open market.
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The point is that players and agents have the gauge the market for their services AND their position. In Matt Wieters’ case there appears to be an unknown in the sense that maybe teams are more hesitant than we thought they were going to be due to the fact that he had Tommy John surgery last season. However of all of the teams out there, the Orioles are obviously the ones who know best how he can impact the game.
So it’ll be interesting to see how all of this unfolds. Time will tell. The good news is that in all of the hot stove activity that’s gone on thus far, the Orioles have apparently been very active in talks with teams and players. So again, time will tell.