13 MLB players get qualifying offers
November, 4, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Getty ImagesErvin Santana and Shin-Soo Choo were among the 13 players receiving qualifying offers from their 2013 clubs.
Any of the players can agree to return to their former team by next Monday for a one-year deal worth $14.1 million.
The list should also be considered the group of players the Mets largely will avoid pursuing.
The players, according to MLB: Carlos Beltran, Robinson Cano, Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz, Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Hiroki Kuroda, Brian McCann, Kendrys Morales, Mike Napoli and Ervin Santana.
A Mets insider told ESPNNewYork.com at the end of the regular season that the Mets were unlikely to pursue players who receive qualifying offers, with the exception of Choo. And in the case of Choo, the insider noted, the Mets were unlikely to bid beyond four years.
The Mets are believed to primarily be pursuing middle-tier free-agents -- and not particularly because of the draft-pick issue.
The Mets do have the 10th overall pick in the draft, which is protected. So if they happened to sign one of the above players, they would forfeit their second-round pick. Sandy Alderson told the Post forfeiting a second-round pick is not a hindrance to signing a free agent.