Carlos Beltran has turned down the Cardinals' one year, $14.1 million qualifying offer. The announcement Monday from MLB.com was that Beltran was among 13 free agents, all rejecting their offers.
(KSDK Sports) -- Carlos Beltran has turned down the Cardinals' one year, $14.1 million qualifying offer. The announcement Monday from MLB.com said Beltran was among 13 free agents, all rejecting their offers.
The move was not unexpected by the club, which now will gain a first or second round draft pick from any club that does indeed sign Beltran to a deal.
According to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch, it ensures the Cardinals of two of the top 44 picks in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, though the placement of those picks will invariably slide up as other teams lose selections when signing players who declined qualifying offers.
Langosch also reports that the Cardinals will most likely bow out of the Beltran bidding. General manager John Mozeliak said a week ago that the Cardinals' depth at the right field position does not necessitate that the club invests long-term in someone else to play the position.
Also rejecting offers from their former clubs, a trio from Boston Red Sox of Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew.
Three Yankees also said no thanks: Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda.
The others turning down the offers were Atlanta's Brian McCann, Cincinnati's Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez, Kansas City's Ervin Santana, Seattle's Kendrys Morales and Texas' Nelson Cruz.
In two years of the new system, all 22 players given qualifying offers have said no.