The first question of the Blue Jays' offseason has been answered as the team announced it will not make any qualifying offers before the deadline today. Most notably, Josh Johnson will become a free agent as the Blue Jays decided a one year $14.1 million offer was not in the team's best interests. Obviously the other Blue Jays upcoming free agents in the form of Rajai Davis, Ramon Ortiz and the retiring Darren Oliver will all be set free to test the market as well. Confirmation of the news came directly from the Blue Jays Twitter:
Blue Jays will not make a qualifying offer to any free agents.
Blue Jays will not make a qualifying offer to any free agents.— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) November 4, 2013
Other news around the league on the qualifying offer front:
- World Champion (barf) Boston made offers to Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, and Stephen Drew but did not offer Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
- The New York Yankees extended offers to Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda, and Curtis Granderson.
- The Oakland A's stood firm similar to the Blue Jays, meaning Bartolo Colon and Grant Balfour.
- Carlos Beltran received the $14.1 million qualifying offer from the St. Louis Cardinals.
- The Kansas City Royals made a qualifying offer to Ervin Santana.
- Brian McCann received an offer from the Atlanta Braves as he looks set for a big payday.
- Streaky Ubaldo Jimenez received an offer from the Cleveland Indians.
So what are your thoughts on the lack of a qualifying offer to Josh Johnson and all of the other news on this busy Monday in the MLB?