For the third consecutive off-season, no free agent took the qualifying offer. That means all 12 players given those offers last week will cost the team that signs them a draft pick either in the first or second round of the 2015 draft. It also means that the qualifying offer is now 0-for-34 since its introduction during the off-season between the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Last week, we looked at all 12 players who were offered the one-year, $15.3 million deal, and it looked like there were a few candidates to take that offer. The most likely candidate to take the offer was outfielder Michael Cuddyer, but he actually became the first in the group to sign with another team, inking a two-year deal with the New York Mets just before the Monday deadline to take or reject the qualifying offer. Other candidates to take the offer were veteran left-hander Francisco Liriano, veteran right-hander Ervin Santana and closer David Robertson. All three must have received enough preliminary interest on the free agent market to decide that the one-year deal wasn't the best that they could do.
Two players who rejected the qualifying offer last year -- Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales -- lived to regret the decision, as both remained unsigned until part-way through the 2014 season. Both had disappointing years once they returned to the field, likely because they missed all of spring training and the start of the season while waiting for an offer.
Below are the list of players who rejected the qualifying offer: