With 12 free agents heading into the 2014 off-season, the Los Angeles Dodgers decided not to extend a qualifying to any of their free agents this afternoon. The deadline to extend qualifying offers was at 5:00 PM EST this afternoon and with the chances that a player would accept the $14.1 million price tag, the Dodgers chose wisely.
Ricky Nolasco and Brian Wilson weren’t candidates to receive as QO as they were acquired midseason from the Marlins and Giants. Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com was the first to report the Dodgers weren’t handing out qualifying offers before the deadline:
The Dodgers made no qualifying offers to any of their 12 free agents.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) November 4, 2013
The Dodgers have already been busy over the off-season as they signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero to a four-year contract, thus making the decision to decline Mark Ellis’s option that much easier. Along with Ellis, Chris Capuano had his $8 million option declined as the Dodgers look to make changes next season.
Among the 12 free agents, Nick Punto, Juan Uribe and possibly J.P. Howell are the most likely to be retained while Wilson will likely seek a closer job after his impressive stint with the Dodgers.
Players who receive qualifying offers have until November 11, a week from now, to decide whether or not they’ll accept the offers. If a player declines, the team will receive a draft pick as compensation since they extended that player in the first place.
It’s not surprising to see the Dodgers not extend a qualifying offer as they’ll be arguably the most active team during free agency and on the trade market.
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