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How New Qualifying Offer Rules Could Affect Cubs

With the qualifying offer deadline fast approaching, the Cubs will be extending the $17.4 million one-year option to some players while also attempting to sign some players who declined said offers from their current teams. Under the new CBA approved for 2017-21, the QO system will have a profound impact on the Cubs’ operation.

Previously, players who denied qualifying offers suffered from stringent rules. Anyone who declined a QO was essentially tagged with a first-round pick. That is, if a team signed a player who declined a QO, that team had to forfeit their highest draft pick, which usually meant a first-rounder. The MLB Players Association certainly didn’t like this outdated method because the steep cost meant their players would not make as much money.

This new system is much more player friendly, which means the Cubs could theoretically benefit from the rules. But the reality of the situation is that they likely won’t be thrilled with the rule change.

What if the Cubs sign a player who declined a QO?

In one sense, the new QO protects the Jason McLeod-led draft. Since the Cubs contribute to revenue sharing and didn’t exceed the luxury tax threshold, they would give up their second-highest draft pick …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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