It’s free agency season in Major League Baseball (MLB). There are a number of high-end free agents available in the 2022 free agent class, like Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, and Jacob deGrom. Some of these players, however, have draft pick compensation attached to them. This is due to the qualifying offer, as teams who lose a player that was given one will receive a pick in the 2023 MLB Draft. So, which players were given qualifying offers in 2022? Here’s an answer to that question.
All qualified players in 2022
Here are all the players that were given qualifying offers in 2022, as well as the team that individual belonged to and whether the offer was accepted:
|Xander Bogaerts||Red Sox||Declined|
|Nathan Eovaldi||Red Sox||Declined|
Out of the 14 players that were given qualifying offers, just two accepted. Joc Pederson of the Giants and Martín Pérez of the Texas Rangers accepted the $19.65 million offer, as the two will test the free agent market again in 2023.
Many of the names on this list are unsurprising, although it was tough to envision the likes of Tyler Anderson and Martín Pérez to receive one at the beginning at the season. That is especially true for Pérez, who went 12-8 with a 2.89 ERA and 3.26 FIP in 2022. The latter two figures were significantly better than his production over the prior two seasons with the Red Sox.
This list also does not feature the likes of Carlos Correa and Justin Verlander, both of whom are free agents but have already received qualifying offers in their career. Per MLB rules, a player can only be given a qualifying offer once in that individual’s career.
As of this writing, two players on this list who declined qualifying offers have already signed new contracts. Left-handed starter Tyler Anderson will stay in Southern California, but not with the Dodgers. Anderson signed a three-year deal with the Angels. And as for Rizzo, the slugging first baseman signed a two-year deal to remain with the Yankees.