San Francisco Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman has accepted the qualifying offer tendered to him by the Giants, per multiple reports. That means that Gausman will forego free agency, and instead return to the Giants on a one year, $18.9 million deal.
There were six players who received the qualifying offer tender this year, and the deadline to accept or reject was today. George Springer, Trevor Bauer and J.T. Realmuto all rejected the qualifying offer, as did D.J. LeMahieu, who I thought was a possibility to accept.
As we wrote earlier today, New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman, coming off a season where he didn’t pitch, also accepted the qualifying offer. Stroman and Gausman both seemed like strong candidates to accept, Stroman due to his having missed 2020 with a torn calf muscle and then opting out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gausman due to his spotty track record prior to his putting up a 3.62 ERA in 59.2 IP over 10 starts and two relief appearances for the Giants.
Neither Stroman nor Gausman will be eligible to be tendered a qualifying offer after 2021.