October 17, 2021

Twins’ Jake Odorizzi, White Sox’s Jose Abreu accept $17.8M qualifying offers for 2020 (ESPN)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi and Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu have accepted one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offers for 2020 and will forgo free agency, it was announced Thursday.

Barring contract extensions, both will be free agents without restriction after the 2020 season.

Seven players have rejected the qualifying offer and have draft-pick and perhaps international-bonus compensation tied to their free agency: Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner, Josh Donaldson and Marcell Ozuna.

Relief pitcher Will Smith, who also declined the offer, signed with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

Prior to this season, only three out of 80 players had accepted qualifying offers since the practice was implemented after the 2012 season.

Odorizzi, who turns 30 in March, is coming off the best season of his career, going 15-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 30 starts for the American League Central champion Twins. He set career highs for wins and strikeouts (178) as the Twins racked up 101 wins and claimed their first division title since 2010. The All-Star right-hander started Game 3 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees,…

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