The MLB qualifying offer deadline was today, and perhaps the most surprising decision was that Clayton Kershaw was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who did tender qualifying offers to Corey Seager and Chris Taylor. Kershaw missed the playoffs due to an elbow injury, and the fact that the Dodgers were willing to let their longtime ace leave with no compensation rather than risk him accepting the one year, $18.4 million qualifying offer would seem to suggest that the injury is more serious than we thought.
Kershaw, 33, is a native of the Metroplex and graduated from Highland Park High School. The Rangers have coveted Kershaw since, well, since forever, it seems, and Kershaw has been seen as likely to either return to the Dodgers or join the Rangers in his first foray as a free agent. With no qualifying offer, signing Kershaw won’t cost the Rangers a draft pick, but you have to be worried about the health of his arm at this point.
The New York Mets made qualifying offers to Michael Conforto and Noah Syndergaard, two players who have been suggested as being potential Rangers targets. Syndergaard, who has missed essentially the last two seasons due to Tommy John surgery, seems like a near lock to accept, and Conforto seems likely as well.
Eduardo Rodriguez has been tendered the qualifying offer by the Boston Red Sox. It would seem more likely than not that he accepts.
Carlos Correa was tendered a qualifying offer by the Houston Astros, as expected.
Brandon Belt was tendered a qualifying offer by the San Francisco Giants.
As more reports come in I will update this post.
UPDATE — The other players not listed above who ended up being tendered, per Jeff Passan:
The most notable players not to receive a QO include Jon Gray, Anthony DeSclafani, and Carlos Rodon.