Published: Sun, November 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jake Odorizzi, Jose Abreu accept $17.8M qualifying offers for 2020

Jake Odorizzi, Jose Abreu accept $17.8M qualifying offers for 2020

Jake Odorizzi had an unbelievable 2019 season which included an All-Star nod and a trip to the postseason.

Jake Odorizzi's first crack at free agency will have to wait a year, as the 29-year-old right-hander bypassed the open market by accepting the Twins' one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer on Thursday.

Barring contract extensions, both will be free agents without restriction after the 2020 season. Furthermore, he will now not be eligible to receive a qualifying offer next offseason and can hit free agency without any draft-pick penalty assigned to the team that signs him to a long-term deal. He turns 30 in March and was projected to get free agent offers in the range of three years and $50 million.

Odorizzi and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu were the only players to accept qualifying offers.

"I really enjoyed my two years here and I think I've been pretty straightforward about that", Odorizzi said on October 8 after the Twins were eliminated by the Yankees in the AL Division Series.

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Abreu, who made his third All-Star team in six seasons with the White Sox, led the AL with 123 RBIs last season while batting.284 with 33 home runs.

The first domino in MLB's offseason pitching market has fallen.

The 4pm CT deadline has passed for free agents to accept or reject qualifying offers, and seven of the 10 players issued offers have officially turned them down.

Just 10 free agents received the offers on November 4, and their former teams will receive draft-pick compensation if they sign elsewhere before the amateur draft in June.

The qualifying offer price started at $13.3 million in 2012, rose to $14.1 million in 2013, $15.3 million in 2014, $15.8 million in 2015, $17.2 million in 2016 and $17.4 million in 2017.

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