The New York Yankees offered one-year contracts of $13.3 million each to closer Rafael Soriano, starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and rightfielder Nick Swisher, the Major League Baseball club said.
By making the so-called qualifying offers, the Yankees assure themselves of getting compensation in the form of draft picks if the players turn down the deals to become free agents and then sign with other clubs. The three have until Nov. 9 to decide.
Soriano opted out of the final year of his contract after saving 42 games last season in place of the injured Mariano Rivera, MLB.com reported.
Soriano, 32, would have received $14 million in 2013, the website reported without saying where it got the information. The right-handed pitcher instead activated a $1.5 million buyout from the team, according to the report.
Kuroda, 37, was 16-11 last season with a 3.32 earned-run average in 33 regular-season starts.
Swisher, 31, ended the regular season with a .272 batting average, 93 runs batted in and 24 home runs.
The latest Collective Bargaining Agreement established the system of qualifying offers, with the $13.3 million representing the average of the previous year’s top 125 free-agent salaries.
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