The Royals will not make a Qualifying Offer to free agents Kendrys Morales or Edinson Volquez, meaning they will not receive draft pick compensation should either sign with another ballclub. The Royals could still re-sign either player. The amount required to make a Qualifying Offer this year is $17.2 million. Morales turned down a Qualifying Offer after the 2013 season, and found that no team wanted to sign him if they had to give up a draft pick for him, leaving him unsigned until June.
The 33-year old switch hitting Morales hit .263/.327/./468 with 30 HR 93 RBI last year for the Royals. He was the Silver Slugger winner at the designated hitter position in 2015. He got off to an awful start in 2016, but had a red-hot month of June that helped him become the first Royals hitter since 2000 to reach 30 home runs. The free agent market is filled with plenty of DH options including Edwin Encarnacion, Mark Trumbo, Carlos Beltran, Pedro Alvarez, Matt Holliday, and Steve Pearce, among others. The Royals have also suggested they may rotate the DH position among regulars next season.
There was also a possibility the Royals could make a Qualifying Offer to Edinson Volquez since the free agent market for starting pitching was so lousy. But Volquez was awful down the stretch and ended with a 5.37 ERA and 4.67 FIP.
The Royals are currently set to receive the 15th pick in next year’s draft, but could move up if teams in front of them forfeit their first round pick to sign a free agent. Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Turner, Ian Desmond, Jeremy Hellickson, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, Neil Walker, Dexter Fowler, and Kanley Jansen are among the players who were made a Qualifying Offer.