The Yankees have made qualifying offers to 2B Robinson Cano, OF Curtis Granderson and RHP Hiroki KurodaThere you have it. The Yankees didn't wait until the deadline to announce their QO decisions, confirming earlier this afternoon that they have extended qualifying offers to Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda, and Curtis Granderson. The value of the 1-year QO is $14.1 million this year, and although there is still uncertainty surrounding C-Grand's plans, the expectation is that all 3 will reject the offer and line the Yankees up to recoup 3 1st-round sandwich picks in next year's draft if they sign with another team.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) November 4, 2013
Not a lot of drama attached to these qualifiers, unless both Kuroda and Granderson surprise us and accept them. That would put a strain on the club's offseason plans, both from a payroll and roster upgrade standpoint. It's worth noting that Carlos Beltran, one of the first free agents to be connected to the Yanks this offseason, received a qualifying offer from the St. Louis Cardinals. If New York ends up signing him, they'll give up their 1st round pick (18th)