Kuroda, Soriano & Swisher all decline qualifying offer


As expected, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, and Hiroki Kuroda have all declined their qualifying offers. The first two guys made their intentions known last night, but there was still a small chance that Kuroda would accept the one-year, $13.3M contract by today’s deadline. He’s generated enough interest so far that finding more money shouldn’t be an issue.

The Yankees are now entitled to draft pick compensation whenever one of these guys signs with another team. That pick will be a supplemental first rounder, though they won’t receive the other team’s first round pick as with the old rules. Based on last year’s slot system, each of these compensation picks will carry a seven-figure slot value, which will really help the draft pool situation. Of course the Yankees will have a hard time replacing all three of these guys if they sign elsewhere, so the pick is little more than a consolation prize.

Update: The three compensation picks are guaranteed to be somewhere in the 29th-38th overall pick range next year. Won’t be higher, won’t be lower, could be anywhere in between.

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  1. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Well it’s not like they were going to overpay Swisher or Soriano anyways so they’ll gladly take the pick there.

  2. 28 this year says:

    Well these picks are probably going to be in the 25-30 range so 3 back half first rounds picks is some consolation although I hope its only 2 picks. Also, what dictates the order in these compensation picks?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Reverse order of the standings. The sandwich round would go…

      Cardinals (Lohse)
      Rays (Upton)
      Rangers (Hamilton)
      Braves (Bourn)
      Yankees (first of Swisher, Kuroda, Soriano)
      Nationals (LaRoche)
      Yankees (second of Swisher, Kuroda, Soriano)
      Yankees (third of Swisher, Kuroda, Soriano)

      … if everyone signed elsewhere.

  3. mj says:

    why is lohse first?

  4. Bob Hannity says:

    Order of biggest penis

  5. Bubba says:

    Sorry to see Hiroki decline. Would have been a nice extremely early Christmas present.

  6. gageagainstthemachine says:

    Question is, “Tomorrow (not literally, but soon) do we read ‘Kuroda signs on again with the Yankees for one year, $15 million dollar deal that included a no trade clause’?”

    I feel pretty good about the odds of Kuroda coming back. I know other teams are interested in him, but I think the Dodgers or returning to Japan are probably the only other realistic bets based on a) his time in LA and b) the fact that he does want to end his career in Japan and c) he didn’t agree to a trade to NYY in the first place because he had a no trade clause and wanted to honor his contract.

    I respect Kuroda a lot and he’s earned whatever he chooses to do with all due respect and no ill will from Yankee fans. With that said, I hope it’s c) he always wanted to play next season in NYY he just wanted to make sure he got fair value and a no trade clause.

    • gageagainstthemachine says:

      oops that last paragraph should be “d) he always wanted…”

      Can’t have two c’s unless you’re CC!

  7. Cano fan #1 says:

    What about Two year 26M for kuroda?

  8. The Moral Majority is Neither says:

    I hope the drama last year in Boston scares off some players like Kuroda, to the point that they have to overpay. I like that the Yankees still have a little bit of ‘chasing a ring’ status for short-term veteran players.

  9. Flyer7 says:

    Give him the no trade

  10. Matt Montero says:

    People say Arod is not going to get traded, but they forget that Kenny Williams is still a GM, and actively looking for a 3b for that matter.

  11. Beer Drinker Big Stinkers says:

    Kuroda is an ungrateful POS.

  12. Gleb says:

    Leverage my man..leverage.

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