Quote of the day: Johan on Bobby Bonilla

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Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News tells us that former outfielder Bobby Bonilla, who now works for the Players Association, was in the Mets clubhouse on Saturday morning distributing checks. Here’s how Bonilla was greeted by ace left-hander Johan Santana:

“Today you’re the
most loved man in the world.”

I can imagine Bobby Bo ambling around the clubhouse with that trademark grin on his face knowing that he’ll receive checks from the Wilpons every July through 2035 for the sum of $1.19 million. The gift that keeps on giving, folks.

Two of 10 players accept $17.8 million qualifying offers

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First baseman José Abreu and starter Jake Odorizzi have accepted their $17.8 million qualifying offers from the White Sox and Twins, respectively, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. Reliever Will Smith signed a three-year contract with the Braves ahead of Thursday’s 5 PM ET deadline to accept or reject the qualifying offer.

The remaining seven players — Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner, Josh Donaldson, and Marcell Ozuna — have rejected their qualifying offers, per Passan. They are officially free agents and will have draft pick compensation attached to them, a potential deterrent for some interested teams.

The QO is unlikely to materially affect the fates of Cole, Rendon, and Strasburg, but it could limit the markets for the other four players. Reliever Craig Kimbrel and starter Dallas Keuchel both had draft pick compensation attached to them after the 2018 season and didn’t end up signing until June. It seems unlikely that Wheeler, Bumgarner, Donaldson, and Ozuna would have to wait until June next year to sign but it may take a while for their markets to develop.