I said this morning that no one has ever accepted a qualifying offer. This time next week it’s possible that still will be the case. I think, however, we may have our best candidate in the running: Jon Heyman reports that the Padres will extend a $15.8 million qualifying offer to Ian Kennedy before the 5pm deadline today.
Kennedy posted a 9-15 record with a 4.28 ERA and a 174/52 K/BB ratio over 168.1 innings for the Padres this season. Maybe that gets him a multi-year deal, but it’s doubtful it gets him one with an average annual value of $15.8 million
Based on the examples of past recipients of the qualifying offer, Kennedy may very well try his luck for some longer-term job security, but he’s a closer case than many.