On Friday morning we were going over baseball's qualifying offer, and how it would work in regards to the Twins for the upcoming season. Here are the nuts and bolts.
- This year's qualifying offer is worth $14.1 million dollars.
- Signing a player who declines the qualifying offer means giving up a first round draft pick...
- ...unless you're one of the ten worst teams in the league, in which case your first round pick is protected and you give up your next highest pick.
- Players are only eligible for a qualifying offer if they were with a team the entire season.
ESPN 1500's Darren Wolfson tweeted today that the Twins might be wiling, a long shot though it may be, to forfeit their second round pick in order to bring in the right player.
As talked about tonight on @1500ESPN: admitted long-shot, but the #MNTwins are not married to their 2nd rd pick. Would give up to sign a FA.— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) October 16, 2013
With all that in mind, who are a few free agents that are A) good enough to receive a qualifying offer, and B) play a position at which the Twins need some help? There aren't many position players that meet that criteria, but there are a few pitchers.
Let's hear your thoughts in the comments.