Salisbury on Phillies' potential targets
The Phillies on Monday declined qualifying offers to Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay. (AP)
The Phillies announced Monday that they will not make qualifying offers to free agents Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay.
The team can continue to negotiate with both players, but will not receive draft-pick compensation if either signs with another club.
Qualifying offers for this offseason’s free-agent class are $14.1 million for one year. The player has a week to accept or reject the offer.
Teams make qualifying offers to ensure that they receive draft-pick compensation when they lose a free agent. They also make these offers when they are comfortable having a player back for one year and $14.1 million.
It was not surprising that the Phils declined to make qualifying offers to Ruiz and Halladay.
The Phils would like to re-sign Ruiz, but a salary of $14.1 million for one season would be a stretch as he made just $13.35 million the last four seasons. Ruiz is seeking a multiyear deal and a significant raise from the $5 million he made in 2013. In addition to the Phillies, the Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers, Rockies and Blue Jays could all make a play for Ruiz. The Phillies’ exclusive negotiating rights with the player expire at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, when the free-agent signing period begins.
Halladay made $20 million during an injury-riddled season in 2013. The Phillies may look to bring him back on, but at a much lower guarantee.