The Offer That MLB Players Always Refuse Even When They Shouldnt

Jordan Zimmermann2.8 Howie Kendrick2.4 Dexter Fowler1.7 John Lackey2.6 Zack Greinke4.0 Hisashi Iwakuma3.3 Jeff Samardzija2.7 PLAYERS WHO RECEIVED QUALIFYING OFFERSPROJECTED WAR Ian Kennedy2.1 Brett Anderson2.0 Wei-Yin Chen2.6 Justin Upton3.0 Ian Desmond1.6 The offer also serves another purpose, which is to reward the offering team with a valuable draft pick if the player should sign with another club; conversely, the signing team loses a draft pick. In practical terms, this has the effect of reducing a player’s value to any other team and making it easier for the original team to re-sign its free agent. In most cases, the draft pick is a small consolation prize for losing a superstar. But when it comes to some marginal players, the possible reward of the pick (worth about 1 WAR) is just enough incentive for a team to extend an offer to a player who might not otherwise be projected to achieve 2 WAR.The choice of whether to accept a qualifying offer is harder from the player’s perspective. The qualifying offer is a low-risk, low-reward option compared with what could be a bigger payday on the free-agent market, although there’s greater uncertainty about how much the payout will be. So far, every single player who has received a qualifying offer has refused it (not counting this year’s crop). In the case of the few players who are not likely worth an offer but still receive one, the near-pathological confidence necessary to be a professional athlete may be the factor compelling them to refuse. In some instances, that’s led to decent players remaining unemployed until mid-year the following season. Just ask Stephen Drew about that.As a result of these incentives, qualifying offer season has become somewhat predictable. The math works out so that teams tender offers to almost every remotely deserving free agent. Without fail, those free agents refuse them, only to find their eventual contract value reduced by the draft pick that their new team had to give up. Chris Davis2.4 Yovani Gallardo1.7 It’s qualifying offer season in Major League Baseball, that most anticlimactic time of year when teams offer one-year deals to a handful of players on the brink of free agency. Those “qualifying offers” are artifacts of a system that was introduced in the last collective bargaining agreement to compensate teams that lose free agents. Every qualifying offer is the same: Teams can offer $15.8 million to impending free agents who weren’t traded in the past year for one more year of service. If a player accepts, he takes the money but sacrifices the chance to see what the market thinks he’s worth. How teams and players should go about offering, accepting and denying qualifying offers are interesting questions.From a team’s perspective, the decision to tender a qualifying offer is relatively straightforward. Each offer is essentially a bet that the player will be worth more than the $15.8 million salary. Since each win above replacement (WAR) costs about $7 million to $8 million on the free-agent market, that wager is equivalent to projecting that a player will be worth 2 or more WAR in the coming year.1The math is slightly more complicated than this when you consider that wins are worth different amounts to playoff contenders versus rebuilding teams and can be afforded more easily by big-market outfits than smaller franchises. In some cases (Jason Heyward, Zack Greinke), that’s an easy bet to take, while in others (Colby Rasmus, Ian Desmond), the projection is a little shakier. Alex Gordon3.5 Jason Heyward4.7 Daniel Murphy2.1 Colby Rasmus0.8 Marco Estrada0.8 Matt Wieters2.2 read more

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Ohio State womens tennis looks to rebound at Big Ten tournament

Junior Grainne O’Neill serves during a match at the OSU tennis center. The Buckeyes are set for the Big Ten tournament.Credit: Lindsey Oates / Lantern photographerDespite not having any seniors in this year’s lineup, the Ohio State women’s tennis team has fared well, winning a program record of 10 of its 11 Big Ten matches this spring.The No. 18 Buckeyes’ only loss in Big Ten play came on Friday when the Scarlet and Gray faltered at home against the then-No. 14 Michigan Wolverines.With the loss, the Buckeyes let a share of the regular-season Big Ten title slip away, but after defeating Michigan State two days later, OSU has re-routed the ship heading into the Big Ten Tournament.“We know that we’re very well prepared,” junior Grainne O’Neill said. “We’ve put in the work on and off the court and I think that shows. We’re just excited to get started and see how it goes.”The Buckeyes will be seeded in the two slot this weekend in Evanston, Ill., with a first-round bye as they await the winner of Purdue and Wisconsin.OSU has not been at the top of the Big Ten standings since winning the conference in 2000. Coach Melissa Schaub said she is happy with where her team is, and added that the key to winning is to simply keep working for it.“I think we compete really hard,” Schaub said. “I think college tennis is a lot about really good energy, coming out and competing every day, you’re not always going to play your best.“I tell these guys you can probably count on one hand the amount of times they’re going to walk off the court thinking they played unbelievable. The rest of it is just trying to gut it out and find a way.”O’Neill, who won her individual match in two sets against Michigan State, said she is excited for the tournament because it is a chance to be on a big stage and compete in a pressured and sometimes nerve-wracking environment.But her excitement for the challenge wasn’t there in years past.“I think mentally I’ve gotten a lot stronger,” O’Neill said. “And knowing that maybe in years before I might have gotten a little nervous in tight situations but just from playing so many matches I’ve gotten more confident and I know that I can pull off a win eventually if I just keep plugging away.”Schaub said she is proud of O’Neill’s ability to step up in pressure situations, given she is one of the older members of a youthful team.“We are a very young team,” Schaub said. “And for Grainne, who doesn’t know whether she’s going to be in there playing or not until sometimes the day of, she has stepped up huge.”However, in order to go far this weekend in the tournament and possibly get a chance to avenge their only Big Ten loss, it will be a team effort, Schaub said. And she added that she is proud of how the whole team has followed O’Neill’s lead.“I think they’ve all stepped up,” Schaub said of her team. “Certain matches, we’ve had certain people out and other people have had to jump in and step up, and they’ve done that really well. It’s just unbelievable for them and shows the kind of heart they have and the kind of team they are.”Michigan has won the Big Ten regular-season title for six consecutive years after beating the Buckeyes a week ago. But now it is tournament time, and OSU is excited to possibly get a second shot at the Maize and Blue, O’Neill said.“This year we are really, really prepared and we’re excited to play,” O’Neill said. “It’s always been a rivalry. Every time we play Michigan, we’re pumped up, and we just want to get that win and end that streak.”OSU is set to play its first Big Ten Tournament match on Friday at 2 p.m. against the winner of Purdue and Wisconsin, who play at the same time on Thursday. read more

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Softball Ohio State continues Big Ten play against Michigan State

Ohio State sophomore outfielder Summer Constable (00) leads off of the base at Buckeye Field. Ohio State defeated Indiana 2-0 on March 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternComing off a 4-3 win against Ohio, the Ohio State softball team (26-14, 9-5 Big Ten) will head to East Lansing, Michigan, to face Michigan State (15-25, 3-9 Big Ten) in a three-game series to continue Big Ten action.  “In general, they are a very good hitting team,” Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. “We will have to come up with a good plan to beat that.”The hitting strength of Spartans is led by the Echols sisters: senior outfielder Ebonee Echols and freshman third baseman Charla Echols. Charla Echols and Ebonee Echols lead the team with a .360 and .356 batting average, respectively. Sophomore outfielder Katie Quinlan has recorded a .321 batting average off 34 hits, while scoring 25 runs overall this season.“They are a good hitting team, so we are gonna try to put on more runs than them,” Ohio State senior shortstop Lilli Piper said. “Just try to play solid and defense as possible.”However, Michigan State’s pitchers have not provided the same level of support for the Spartans, owning a 5.02 team ERA in 2019. Michigan State’s sophomore pitcher Alli Walker has recorded a 4.54 ERA and 7-9 season record so far. Comparatively, Ohio State has maintained a 2.13 team ERA this season. Senior pitcher Morgan Ray has maintained a 2.13 ERA and 11-6 season record, striking out 120 batters in 131.2 innings of work. Sophomore Lauren Rice has recorded a 2.26 ERA and 14-4 season record. This past season, Ohio State swept the Spartans in three games. However, the Buckeyes lost two of the three games between the two teams in 2017. “Traditionally through the years, this had been a really competitive series,” Schoenly said.Heading into the series, Shoenly said Ohio State needs to continue its momentum from its past two games: pitching and hitting well. The opener of the three-game series between Ohio State and Michigan State will begin at 6 p.m. Friday.  The second game will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the final game will start at 1 p.m. Sunday. read more

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Emery keen for Nacho Monreal contract talks

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery is keen for negotiations to get underway between the club and Nacho Monreal over a new contractThe Spanish full-back is out of contract next summer and has already stated himself that he is “very happy” at Arsenal and wishes to continue.And the feeling is evidently mutual with Emery hoping that an agreement on a new contract is reached soon.“First, I knew Nacho Monreal in Spain when he was playing for Malaga. I knew him,” he told the club website.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“After two months now, I can say I am happy with him. He is 32 years old, physically the performance with us, Nacho is playing at a very good level.“The reason for that, for me, we need to find a new contract with him to stay together with the Arsenal team.”Monreal has managed 10 goals and 13 assists in over 200 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal since arriving from Malaga in 2013.The 32-year-old has been linked with switches to Barcelona and Real Sociedad.last_img read more

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