Joc Pederson, Martin Perez accept $19.65M qualifying offers

San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson and Texas Rangers left-hander Martín Perez on Tuesday accepted $19.65 million one-year qualifying offers, while a dozen other free agents turned down their teams’ offer.

Players who declined the offer include: outfielder Aaron Judge, shortstop Trea Turner, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, right-hander Jacob deGrom, shortstop Dansby Swanson, left-hander Carlos Rodón, outfielder Brandon Nimmo, catcher Willson Contreras, right-hander Chris Bassitt and right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.

Left-hander Tyler Anderson agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels before the 4 p.m. ET deadline to accept his qualifying bid from the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources told ESPN. The New York Yankees have re-signed the final member of the qualifying offering class, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, to a two-year, $40 million deal with a third-year option, bringing the total package to $51 million, sources say would bring .

Pederson, 30, posted some of the best offensive numbers of his career for the Giants last year, hitting .274/.353/.521 with 23 homers and 70 RBIs. San Francisco used him almost exclusively against right-handed pitching, often replacing him in late innings as a defensive back-up.

While exploring the free-agent market and discussing multi-year deals with teams, Pederson eventually more than doubled his hefty $7.75 million annual salary.

Perez, 31, had an even bigger stroke of luck, previously peaking at $6 million. After making his debut with Rangers at the age of 21, Perez moved to Minnesota and Boston before returning to Texas last season. He almost consistently posted career-best stats for the entire season: ERA (2.89), pitched innings (196.1), strikeouts (169), and home run rate (0.5 per nine innings).

Players who reject qualifying offers will be charged a draft pick fee, which can depress a player’s market. While teams are rarely deterred from signing top free agents because of the penalties — which include second and fifth round picks and $1 million in international bonus funds for the highest-spending teams, and for low-spending teams the waiver means a third-round pick – their presence could affect the market of a player like Eovaldi, the 32-year-old who has spent the last four years with the Red Sox.

The Angels lose a second-round pick in the 2023 draft for signing Anderson. The Dodgers get an additional pick after round four with an estimated slot value of around $425,000.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/35034246/sources-joc-pederson-martin-perez-take-qualifying-offers Joc Pederson, Martin Perez accept $19.65M qualifying offers

Emma Bowman

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