Will a long-awaited precedent be set in the next week?
There's a better chance of it this off-season than ever before.
MLB teams have made qualifying offers to 20 players by the end of business today in New York. Based on the Top 125 players' average salary last season, the figure is $15.8million. It's a one-year deal.
Ian Kennedy, San Diego ... Meet the poster boy for the Been There Done That approach to roster building. Dude may have been mediocre for the Padres, but he's also the devil they know. After earning $9.85mil last season, the Q would be a guaranteed raise as opposed to testing a market with the likes of David Price and Johnny Cueto in it.
Colby Rasmus, Houston ... a first-round draft pick in 2005, his clubhouse presence had neutralized whatever he brought to a game until he became a 'Stro. With Houston's fertile farm system, dude's expendable, meaning this looks like GM Jeff Luhnow wants to double down on the draft pick he'd get from Rasmus' departure through free agency. He could well be counting on that possibility.
Marco Estrada, Toronto ... Yes, 2015 was his best season to date. But yes, dude's 33. Was this year an outlier or did he finally get his act together? And who's gonna want to pay to find out? The Q will more than double his career earnings of just under $11mil. That's gotta be an enticing thought to a back-of-the-rotation slinger.