Giants Give Sandoval Qualifying Offer

Nov 3, 2014 11:33 PM

(AP) - San Francisco Giants World Series star Pablo Sandoval was among 12 free agents given $15.3 million qualifying offers by their former teams.

Detroit made the offers to pitcher Max Scherzer and first baseman-designated hitter Victor Martinez, and Pittsburgh did likewise with left-hander Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH'-noh) and catcher Russell Martin.

Also receiving offers were Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz, Royals reliever James Shields, Yankees closer Davis Robertson, Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Braves pitcher Ervin Santana and Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur).

An offer could only be made to a free agent who was with the team for the entire season, and players have until Nov. 10 to accept. If the player declines the offer and is signed by another major league team before June 8, the old team would receive a compensatory draft pick at the end of the first round of next year's amateur draft.

Meanwhile, pitcher A.J. Burnett has become a free agent after declining a $12.75 million player option to return to the Phillies next year.


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