The figure is determined from the average of the 125 main contracts within the majors this year. It is only the second time that the amount has decreased.
In 2019, a decline of $ 100,000 was recorded, to $ 17.8 million. A year later, there was an increase to $ 18.9 million.
Among the top players eligible for free agency after the World Series are first baseman Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Max Scherzer and shortstop Corey Seager; Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros; shortstop Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies; shortstop Marcus Semien of the Toronto Blue Jays; first baseman Anthony Rizzo of the New York Yankees; third baseman and outfielder Kris Bryant of the San Francisco Giants, as well as pitcher Noah Syndergaard, outfielder Michael Conforto and Puerto Rican shortstop Javier Baez of the New York Mets.
A qualifying offer can be submitted until the fifth day after the World Series, and a player has one week to accept it.
If the team presents a qualified offer to a player and the latter signs with another team prior to the amateur draft, his former club will receive a draft selection as compensation, either at the end of the first round or at the close of round B of competitive balance.
That right depends on whether the new contract is for $ 50 million or more and the status of the team that loses the player in relation to revenue sharing and the luxury tax.
Under the terms of the collective agreement that expires on December 1, the rules remain in effect until there is a new agreement or until the implementation of labor rules in the event of an impasse in negotiations.
A free agent can receive a qualified offer only if he has been with the same team continuously since the opening of the season and has never received a similar offer before.