It wasn’t much of a shocker but all 13 MLB players that were offered a qualifying offer, declined them today. Three New York Yankees players were among the 13 players to decline their offers: Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda.
The only player that it could have seemed possible out of the three to take the qualifying offer was Curtis Granderson. Granderson was injured for most of 2013 and it could have been a good idea for Granderson to take the qualifying offer to rebuild his free agent value. However, since the injuries weren’t on his part, it seemed likely Granderson thought that he still had some free agent value and it would have been for the best to test the market.
Robinson Cano wasn’t going to take the $14 Million and it seemed the Yankees were offering him the qualifying offer mainly to get a draft pick should he go to another team.
Hiroki Kuroda hadn’t decided if he wanted to return to the Yankees, go play baseball in Japan or to retire. He has those three cards laying on the table. However, if Kuroda decides to go play in Japan, the Yankees would not get their compensation draft pick.
So now that the three Yankees turned down their qualifying offers, what is Brian Cashman going to do now?
“I’d have an interest, clearly, in signing any of them.”