The Mets lost to the Brewers last night, but the Blue Jays defeated the Rays, causing a three-way tie for the ninth-worst record in baseball:
The Mets own tiebreakers against the Brewers, Giants and Padres because they had a worse record than any of these teams in 2012.
The Mets do not own a tiebreaker against the Blue Jays, and Toronto will have pick 10A in next year’s draft for failing to sign their first round pick in 2013.
As a result, with their loss last night to Milwaukee, the Mets would need to win the next two games to fall out of the bottom ten and lose a protected first round pick.
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A “Qualifying Offer” to pending free agents is now required for teams so to receive compensation in the first-year player draft the following June.
There are no more Type A and Type B free agents, per the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The value of the qualified offer is based on the top 125 paid players.
Teams have until five days after the World Series to make qualifying offers and the players have seven days to accept such an offer.
Teams that sign players who received a qualifying offer will surrender their first round pick in the draft, unless it’s a protected pick (choices 1-10) – those teams will surrender their second round pick.
In addition, if a team makes a qualifying offer to a free agent, and that player departs for a new team, the player’s former team receives a supplemental round draft choice.
Only players who have been with their teams for the entire year are eligible for draft compensation.