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After a year of blockbusters imported veteran talent into San Diego, the Padres begin their offseason by exporting Joaquin Benoit to Seattle.

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October 16, 2015 8:13 am

Rubbing Mud: The Qualifying Offer Slows as it Grows

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Matthew Trueblood

Discussing the eleven players that make up the qualifying offer bubble.

In the excitement and immersion of the playoffs, some extraneous news tidbits can go fly under one’s radar for a while. Things affecting teams not playing on into October do continue to happen during the month; they just get less attention. So it was that Jon Heyman reported, a week ago now, that the qualifying offer (QO, from now on) teams will need to offer free agents hitting the market next month in order to get a draft pick if they sign elsewhere will be $15.8 million. I didn’t catch wind of that news until Thursday afternoon.

It’s interesting information, though, and it makes for some interesting analysis. Consider the progression of the QO since its first winter in 2012:

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The Stephen Drew/Scott Boras qualifying offer odyssey comes to a non-tragic conclusion.



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A potentially overpaid outfielder turns out to be a bargain, and the Yankees and Red Sox add injury prone arms.



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Ben and Sam reflect on one of the slowest days of the offseason and then discuss the lack of movement in the market for Kyle Lohse.



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