The deadline for teams to extend a qualifying offer (a one-year, $19.65 million deal for 2023) to their free agents has come and gone.
The New York Yankees extended a QO to two players on Thursday: Outfielder Aaron Judge and first baseman Anthony Rizzo. They have until November 15 at 4 p.m. to accept or reject.
Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon did not receive a QO, meaning the Yankees will not receive any Draft pick compensation if he signs with another club.
Judge, 30, set an American League record with 62 home runs while leading MLB in RBIs (131), runs (133), and OPS (1.111). Since his 2017 rookie season, Judge has hit 28 more homers than anyone else.
After being dealt from the Chicago Cubs to the Yankees at the 2021 Trade Deadline, Rizzo was ineligible to receive a qualifying offer when he reached free agency last offseason. He became a free agent again when he opted out of the final year on his two-year, $32 million contract with New York. The 33-year-old improved his value with 32 home runs and a 131 OPS+ over 130 games in 2022.
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