The New York Yankees officially extended qualifying contract offers to free agents Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher and Hiroki Kuroda, the team announced on Friday (via Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com). The players now have one week to decide whether to accept their qualifying offer, which is valued at $13.3 million over one season.
The three aforementioned players need to decide if they want to take a one-year deal to return to the Yankees. If any of the three decline their qualifying offer and sign elsewhere, the Yankees will receive a compensatory draft pick at the end of the first round and the player's (or players') new team will lose a top draft pick.
Soriano, who recently opted out of his contract after saving 42 games last year, and Nick Swisher are expected to decline the Yankees' qualifying offer, as the two are interested in signing multi-year pacts this winter.
The 37-year-old Kuroda may accept the one-year offer, as the $13.3 million would be a raise from the $10 million the right-handed starter earned last season with New York.