Tuesday, November 07, 2017 1:00 am
Qualifying offers go to Cubs' Arrieta, Davis
The Chicago Cubs extended qualifying offers to pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis on Monday, ensuring they will receive draft pick compensation if they sign with another team.
Chicago also claimed right-hander Cory Mazzoni off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Outfielder Leonys Martín was assigned to Triple-A Iowa, and the Cubs selected pitcher Matt Carasiti's contract from their top farm club.
Arrieta, who won the NL Cy Young Award in 2015, went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA in 30 starts this year. Davis, who came over from Kansas City last December for outfielder Jorge Soler, had 32 saves last season and was an All-Star for the third straight year.
Arrieta and Davis have until Nov. 16 to make a decision on the $17.4 million, one-year qualifying offer. Both players are expected to decline.
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain also received qualifying offers, as did Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb, Colorado closer Greg Holland, St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn and Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana. The 166 ree agents could start negotiating contracts with all teams starting Monday evening.
As the deadline for exercising 2018 options for potential free agents approached:
• San Francisco exercised options on left-handers Madison Bumgarner ($12 million) and Matt Moore ($7 million) and third baseman Pablo Sandoval ($545,000 minimum).
• Holland declined his $15 million player option, and the Rockies declined a $2.5 million club option on infielder Alexi Amarista, who gets a $150,000 buyout.
• The Los Angeles Dodgers exercised a $9 million option on infielder Logan Forsythe and declined a $17.5 million option on outfielder Andre Ethier, who gets a $2.5 million buyout.
• Texas declined an $11 million option on first baseman Mike Napoli, who gets a $2.5 million buyout.
• Washington catcher Matt Wieters exercised his $10.5 million option.
• Toronto declined a $17.5 million option on outfielder Jose Bautista, who gets a $500,000 buyout.
• Baltimore declined a $14 million option on shortstop J.J. Hardy, who receives a $2 million buyout, and a $12 million option on left-hander Wade Miley, who gets a $500,000 buyout. Orioles catcher Welington Castillo declined his $7 million player option.
• Cleveland declined a $7 million option on reliever Boone Logan, receives a $1 million buyout.
• Tampa Bay exercised a $2 million option on right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery in August 2016.
• Arizona exercised a $2 million option on infielder Daniel Descalso.