The St. Louis Cardinals made a 1 year, $13.3 million qualifying offer to Kyle Lohse today, the final day to make such an offer. The Cardinals had to make an offer in order to receive a compensatory draft pick if Lohse opts to sign with another team this offseason, which he is expected to do. Either way, Lohse now has until next Friday to accept the offer if he wants to return to the Cardinals for 2013.
The qualifying offer concept is a change under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement which replaces the old Type A/Type B free agent compensation system. Something that I’m sure relieves General Manager John Mozeliak, who told the United Cardinal Bloggers in September about his indecision about offering arbitration to Octavio Dotel last November. He said he got a mystery call from baseball that they were simply going to give them the compensatory pick without the need for arbitration and he said, “Sweet!”
The qualifying offer is determined by the average of the top-125 salaries in baseball from the previous season. That means a $13.3 million average from the 2012 for qualifying offers this offseason.