The Reds today made a qualifying contract offer to free agent OF Shin-Soo Choo...did not make qualifying offers to free agents RHP Bronson Arroyo, LHP Zach Duke, IF Cesar Izturis, RHP Nick Masset or LHP Manny Parra...Choo has 7 days to accept or reject the club’s offer...if Choo rejects the contract offer, he still can re-sign with the Reds...if he rejects the offer and signs with another team, the Reds will receive a compensation pick in the June 2014 first-year player draft...the other 5 free agents also can re-sign with the Reds at any time.
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To offer or not to offer?
*The Reds have until five days after the World Series to make a qualifying offer (1 year, $14m) to Bronson Arroyo and Shin-Soo Choo. The player has 7 days to accept or reject.
*If the Reds don't make an offer, the player is free to sign with another team, without compensation for Reds or from signing team.
*If Arroyo/Choo accepts the Reds qualifying offer, the Reds would owe the player $14M for 2014.
*If Arroyo/Choo is offered and rejects, a teams signing either would surrender their first round pick, but that forfeited pick does not go to the Reds. Instead, the first round is condensed. The Reds would get a compensation pick at the end of the first round.
*The first 10 draft selections are protected. A team with a protected pick, signing Arroyo/Choo, would surrender their next-highest selections.
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3. Shin-Soo Choo - Tigers. Choo posted a robust .423 on-base percentage this year, leading all free agents and ranking fourth in baseball. He's another Boras leadoff man with a shot at $100MM, so you can be sure we'll hear the agent talking about how leadoff hitters are the new 40 home run hitters. Despite playing center field this year, Choo fits best in an outfield corner. There are questions about his defense and ability to hit left-handed pitching, and as with Cano, Ellsbury, McCann, Santana, and others, a team will have to forfeit its highest available draft pick to sign him. The 31-year-old South Korea native should require a contract in excess of Hunter Pence's five-year, $90MM deal, making a return to the Reds unlikely. The Tigers' interest in signing Choo to play an outfield corner is unknown, but surely Boras' relationship with owner Mike Ilitch will lead to a conversation. The Mets, Yankees, Rangers, Mariners, Cubs, and Astros are other potential matches.
23. Bronson Arroyo- Mets. Arroyo is the only pitcher in baseball to make at least 32 starts per year from 2005-13. Arroyo, 37 in February, is the game's most consistent innings-eater. It appears he'll move on from the Reds after eight seasons, probably without a potentially budget-busting qualifying offer. I've pegged Arroyo at two years and $24MM, which could be palatable for the Mets, Twins, Giants, and several other teams looking to solidify the backend of their rotation.
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