Last week, 13 players were all extended one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offers by their former teams.
5:02 pm: All of the 13 free agents who were extended qualifying offers declined, meaning the Mets would have to surrender their second round selection in the 2014 first-year player draft if they sign any one of these players.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
9:25 am: The Mets are interested in Drew, Choo, Granderson and Cruz, so it’s worth watching to see if these guys accept the one-year offer from their former teams. In each of these player’s cases, the buzz in baseball indicates they’ll almost certainly get multiple multi-year offers from other teams. However, someone could choose to accept the money, roll the dice and explore the market next year when – maybe – they get more. We’ll know definitively today at 5 p.m. ET.
In either case, each of these 13 players will cost a top draft pick if signed by a new team.