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UPDATED: Everything about today’s qualifying offer deadline

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Here’s the wrap on how Monday’s qualifying offer deadline went down. First, here’s a quick guide to the qualifying offers game:

  • Teams are allowed to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to free agents they’ve employed for at least a year and thus secure a draft pick if they depart. That pick will come immediately following the first round of the draft, regardless of what team signs the player.
  • Teams that sign players who were given qualifying offers lose their first-round pick, as long as that first-round pick isn’t in the top 10, Teams with top-10 selections lose their next picks instead.
  • Why $14.1 million? That’s the average of the top 125 player salaries. It’s up from $13.2 million last year.
  • Players given qualifying offers have until Nov. 11 to accept or reject them. Players rejecting the offers will still be allowed to negotiate and re-sign with their former teams.

What we learned throughout the day:

  • The Yankees have made qualifying offers to Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and Curtis Granderson.
  • The Cardinals have made an offer to Carlos Beltran.
  • The Blue Jays have declined to give one to Josh Johnson.
  • The Reds made an offer to Shin-Soo Choo, but not to Bronson Arroyo.
  • The Indians are giving an offer to Ubaldo Jimenez.
  • Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said that Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew are getting qualifying offers, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not.
  • The A’s declined to give offers to either Bartolo Colon or Grant Balfour.
  • The Mariners extended an offer to Kendrys Morales.
  • The Braves made a qualifying offer to Brian McCann, but not to Tim Hudson.
  • The Royals made Ervin Santana a qualifying offer.
  • The Pirates did not make an offer to A.J. Burnett.
  • The Rangers made Nelson Cruz a qualifying offer.

In all, 13 free agents received qualifying offers, with no real surprises either way.

Matt Garza was the lone elite free agent ineligible to receive an offer. He was traded from the Cubs to the Rangers in July.

Here is the rundown of qualifying offers for the top 25 free agents from our overall 150.

1. Robinson Cano (2B Yankees): YES
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (OF Red Sox): YES
3. Shin-Soo Choo (OF Reds): YES
4. Matt Garza (RHP Rangers): ineligible
5. Ervin Santana (RHP Royals): YES
6. Ubaldo Jimenez (RHP Indians): YES
7. Brian McCann (C Braves): YES
8. Curtis Granderson (OF Yankees): YES
9. Carlos Beltran (OF Cardinals): YES
10. Hiroki Kuroda (RHP Yankees): YES
11. A.J. Burnett (RHP Pirates): NO
12. Nelson Cruz (OF Rangers): YES
13. Mike Napoli (1B Red Sox): YES
14. Tim Hudson (RHP Braves): NO
15. Stephen Drew (SS Red Sox): YES
16. Bronson Arroyo (RHP Reds): NO
17. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C Red Sox): NO
18. Joe Nathan (RHP Rangers): NO
19. Bartolo Colon (RHP Athletics): NO
20. Ricky Nolasco (RHP Dodgers): ineligible
21. Jason Vargas (LHP Angels): NO
22. Kendrys Morales (1B-DH Mariners): YES
23. Brian Wilson (RHP Dodgers): ineligible
24. Dan Haren (RHP Nationals): NO
25. Scott Kazmir (LHP Indians): NO

Report: Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 06: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.

Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.

Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

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As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.