Choo gets qualifying offer

Ahead of a 5 p.m. ET deadline on Monday, the Reds extended free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo a $14.1 million qualifying offer for a new one-year deal for 2014. Choo has until 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 11 to accept or decline the offer.

Should Choo reject the offer, which he is expected to do, he would be free to sign with any interested club – including the Reds.

If Choo signs with another team, Cincinnati would receive a compensation pick in the June First-Year Player Draft. All compensatory picks come between the first and second rounds, and are made in reverse order of winning percentage.

Meanwhile, a qualifying offer was not extended to free agent and longtime Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo. That means the Reds get no compensation if Arroyo signs elsewhere.

Also not getting offers were LHP Zach Duke; INF Cesar Izturis; LHP Manny Parra; RHP Nick Masset

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I saw on the news this morning about a trading debate for BP.  Do you know anything about that?  Thanks.

Not sure what was on news that you saw today but it’s been an ongoing topic for nearly a month. Here is a link to a recent story I did.

How much would the Reds have needed to offer those fellows in order to qualify for compensatory picks? If the values are reasonable, it seems like a missed opportunity to grab a free early draft pick. Arroyo will surely play somewhere next year – it would have been nice to get a free draft pick in return for losing him.

Not sure what it would have cost to resign Parra, but I think I’d have liked to have kept him around. Same goes for Duke and, unless it would cost too much, Masset.

I’m not second-guessing Walt and his minions though – they always impress me with the moves they make.

Middle relievers, even good ones like Parra, don’t get $14 million a year. Think of this: Sean Marshall is a good lefty and he is making $16 million over FOUR YEARS. If Reds gave these bullpen guys the qualifying offers, it would have been crazy. They would accept.

Whoa – $14M a year for Parra?!? I didn’t realize we were talking about nearly that much money. I think I can live with the idea of not making him a qualifying offer if that’s what it takes to qualify.
How in the world did MLB and the Players’ Union come up with that pricing structure? No one would pay that. I assumed it was based on last year’s salary and some service time or performance-based calculation.

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