Why So Few Marginal MLB Players Got Qualifying Offers

Monday at FanGraphs I explained why teams were more reluctant to make qualifying offers to marginal players like Luis Valbuena, Colby Rasmus, and Brandon Moss this year as opposed to last year. Last year, marginal players adjusted their QO acceptance strategy; this year, teams adjusted back.

None of the marginal players I mentioned — Valbuena, Rasmus, Moss, Volquez, Saunders, Napoli, Holliday, Fister, Cecil, or Pagan — received qualifying offers.