We’re still three months away from pitchers and catchers reporting, but today is a big step in the offseason process. We know that Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda, and Curtis Granderson have been extended qualifying offers, but today is the last day for them to accept. There’s no chance that Cano takes the 1 year $14.1 million deal, but Kuroda and Granderson have reasons to accept. If the offers are rejected, some interested teams will have to forfeit a first round draft pick to sign them. Regardless, the center fielder would have something to gain, as he could rebuild his value for the free agent market next year. But at the age of 33 in 2014, Granderson is probably more eager to take a long term contract this winter. Kuroda could probably get that 1 year $14.1 million deal with or without costing teams a draft pick, so there’s also little chance that he takes the offer. As of this morning, there’s no word on the status of these qualifying offers, but the Yankees will have an answer for us at around 5 O’Clock.
Meanwhile, today is also the beginning of the GM/Owners Meetings in Orlando, Florida. Few trades are worked out during this time, but there is often a lot of groundwork done before the more productive Winter Meetings in December. Last year, the Blue Jays-Marlins trade that sent Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio, and John Buck to Toronto happened right after the GM/Owners Meetings, and there’s already been rumors about a possible Troy Tulowitzki trade this year.
Word is that the Yankees have already started talking to agents this morning, though I would be surprised if they got anything done before December. Thanks to the Alex Rodriguez limbo that they’re caught in the middle of, the Yankees may need to wait until the arbitration process is completed before they know how to navigate the offseason.
Finally, there are a whole heap of awards to give out this week. Today we have Rookie of the Year and Executive of the Year, tomorrow will be the Manager of the Year, Wednesday is the Cy Young award announcement, and Thursday will be the MVP awards. For mid-November, It’ll be a busy baseball week.