Yankees Extend Qualifying Offers to Cano, Kuroda And Granderson
Base on the league average of the highest-paid players, the qualifying offer will be worth a reported $14.1 million for the 2014 season. Players will have until 5 p.m. EST on November 11th to either accept or decline the offer.
Should a player accept the offer, then he will be under contract with the team for the 2014 season, on a one-year deal. If he decides to decline, he is then free to sign with any other team, or work out a new contract with his current team. Should he decline and sign elsewhere, the team he signs with would be forced to give up a 2014 first round draft pick to the team that he played for in 2013 — the top 10 picks are protected, which means that a top 10 team would only have to give up their second round pick.
The Yankees were always expected to give a qualifying-offer to Cano and Kuroda. Though Cano, who will be the top free agent on the market this winter, is going to decline and seek the monster contract that he has been reported to be asking for.
Kuroda was the choices of accepting the offer for play one more year in the Bronx, reject it and seek a higher salary with the Yankees or someone else, go back to Japan to finish his career, or just flat out retire from the game of baseball.
Rumors coming out of New York say that general manager Brian Cashman believes Kuroda, 38, will opt to go back to his home country of Japan.
As for Granderson, the Yankees were rumored to be debating for the past few days whether or not to give Granderson the offer. He only played 61 games on 2013 because of a pair of injuries, and bringing him back for one more season would not hurt the Yankees in any way considering that $14.1 million for one of the game’s best power hitters over the past few seasons is pretty much a good deal.
Granderson has said a few times that he loves New York and would prefer to stay with the Yankees, but at the same time, his agent has suggested that Grandy might reject the qualifying offer and instead test the open market, where he could possibly find a deal in the range of three years with another club.
Gavin Ewbank covers the Yankees for Baseball Hot Corner. Follow him on Twitter, @GavinEwbank2013.