With the World Series now complete, the following players; Joba Chamberlain, Phil Coke, Joel Hanrahan, Jim Johnson, Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez, Max Scherzer are set to become Free Agents as the off-season gets started.
On Friday, Detroit extended Qualifying Offers to both Victor Martinez and Max Scherzer. Neither player will accept the 1-year $15.3M offer from the Tigers, but in the case that either (or both) players sign with another team this off-season, by making the offer, the Tigers guarantee themselves a compensatory draft pick in the 2015 Entry draft. Martinez and Scherzer have until 5 PM on Monday November 10, 2014 to decline or accept the qualifying offer.
One of my favorite sites to visit during the season, but especially in the off-season is www.mlbtraderumors.com. If you are new to TigerTizzy, you will find MLBtraderumors one of my frequent sourced sites.
Every off-season mlbtraderumors.com lists the top Free Agents and, in addition, they predict on what team each of the top free agents will end up signing with, as well as a guess on the contract they sign.
I bring this up because, the 2014-15Top 50 Free Agent list was just posted on Saturday.
They predict that Max Scherzer will sign with the Yankees, Victor Martinez will sign with the White Sox, and that Torii Hunter (won’t retire) and will sign with the Texas Rangers. They also predict that FA LHP Andrew Miller (who the Tigers attempted to trade for at the summer trade-deadline) will become a Detroit Tiger this off-season, as Dave Dombrowski works to improve the bullpen.