Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano have officially rejected their $13.3 million qualifying offers they got from the Yankees, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News. Hiroki Kuroda has not yet rejected his offer, but he is expected to by the 5:00 p.m. deadline.
The Yankees will get sandwich picks between the 1st and 2nd rounds of next year’s draft as compensation if/when these players sign elsewhere now. Nick Swisher is the only one who is expected to leave without any further negotiations. The Yankees will keep in touch with Scott Boras on Soriano, but it seems unlikely that a deal will be made.
The Yankees want to keep Kuroda, but it seems that it could be much harder to re-sign him that initially anticipated. The latest rumor is that Kuroda is actually looking for a multi-year offer, something the Yankees will try to avoid as they attempt to lower payroll below $189 million by 2014. He is said to be open to a one-year deal, but that it would have to be “significantly” more than the $13.3 million qualifying offer.