Seven MLB players received qualifying offers ahead of free agency, and unsurprisingly, all seven of them declined, officially making them free agents.
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) November 14, 2023
For the top free agents that are eligible, the qualifying offer is more like a formality. Teams make it in order to receive draft compensation if one of their free agents signs elsewhere.
That’s why this is notable from the Braves perspective. Several players above could interest the Braves in free agency, but in order to sign one of them, they would have to give up $1 million in international bonus pool money as well as two draft picks (their 2nd and 5th highest picks).
So, not only will the Braves have to back up the Brinks truck for any of these guys, but their farm system would also take a hit.
That is substantial for an organization like the Braves that isn’t exactly stockpiling top prospects. It’s a farm system that needs replenishing to maintain sustained success. However, given how most of their core is young and locked in for several years, it shouldn’t be their top priority.
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