As expected the Rangers made a qualifying offer to free agent Josh Hamilton, ensuring they’ll receive a first-round draft pick as compensation if he signs elsewhere as a free agent.
They did not, however, make a qualifying offer to Mike Napoli, so the free agent catcher can walk without the Rangers getting anything in return. He’s also free to re-sign with Texas.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement Type A and Type B free agents are no more, so instead if teams want to get compensation for a departing free agent they must make him a qualifying offer that amounts to a one-year deal for the average salary of the 125 highest-paid players.
For next season that is $13.3 million, which the Rangers deemed too much for Napoli in case he accepted. Hamilton has until next Friday to accept or decline, but he’ll obviously turn it down in search of a much bigger multi-year deal.
We’ll have a full round-up of all the qualifying offer decisions once the 5:00 p.m. ET deadline arrives.