There were some notable snubs after looking over the rosters for the American and National Leagues for the 2018 All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Some of them have a last chance to get into the “Midsummer Classic.” Fans can vote for one of five finalists in each league to send them to Washington. They are:
OF – Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
OF – Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins
SS – Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners
SS – Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
OF – Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
OF – Jesús Aguilar, Milwaukee Brewers
1B – Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
3B – Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
OF – Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF – Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
Click here to vote on MLB’s website.
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.