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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19:  Jose Bautista #19 and Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays take the field prior to game five of the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Blue Jays will make a qualifying offer to Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion


The Blue Jays will make a $17.2 million qualifying offer to outfielder Jose Bautista and first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion, but will not make one to outfielder Michael Saunders, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. A team signing a player who rejects a QO must forfeit its highest available draft pick for the upcoming season.

That Saunders isn’t receiving a QO is not particularly surprising news. He had a healthy and productive year but has otherwise been injury-prone throughout his eight-year career. Saunders finished the 2016 season with a .253/.338/.478 triple-slash line with 24 home runs and 57 RBI in 558 plate appearances.

Bautista, 36, will head into free agency which will perhaps be his last chance to strike a multi-year deal, given his age. His 2016 numbers were quite a bit below his usual production, especially the power numbers. Bautista put up a .234/.366/.452 slash line with 22 homers and 69 RBI in 517 PA.

Encarnacion, 33, led the league in RBI with 127 while slugging 42 homers and compiling a .263/.357/.529 slash line in 702 PA.

Dodgers to make qualifying offers to Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the eighth inning of game three of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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The Dodgers will extend a $17.2 million qualifying offer to third baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Both are expected to reject the QO to head into free agency. They will have draft pick compensation attached to them as a result.

Turner, who turns 32 years old later this month, is the top third baseman available in free agency this offseason. He finished the 2016 campaign batting .275/.339/.493 with 27 home runs and 90 RBI in 622 plate appearances. While a signing team would certainly want to take advantage of his great defense at third base, Turner does have experience playing other positions as well, including second base and shortstop.

Jansen, 29, has been seemingly underrated throughout his seven-year career. This past season, he saved 47 games in 53 chances with a 1.83 ERA and a 104/11 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings.

Jeremy Hellickson will receive a qualifying offer from the Phillies

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Jeremy Hellickson #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a first inning pitch against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 29, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies will make a $17.2 million qualifying offer to starter Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson can choose to accept the offer within the next week or reject it and become a free agent. If he rejects it, his new signing team will have to forfeit its highest available draft pick.

Hellickson, 29, was a dependable starter for the Phillies this past season after struggling from 2013-15. He finished with a 3.71 ERA and a 154/45 K/BB ratio in 189 innings.

The Phillies have only $23 million committed for the 2017 season, so they can certainly afford to pay Hellickson for his reliability. In the event Hellickson accepts the QO, the Phillies could also explore a trade by the July 31 deadline.