In an expected move, the White Sox won’t extend qualifying offers to Paul Konerko or Gavin Floyd before they become free agents at 11:01 p.m. on Monday.
The move doesn’t prevent either player from re-signing with the White Sox. However, the White Sox won’t receive any compensation from other clubs if either player were to sign elsewhere since they didn’t make a qualifying offer, which would have been a one-year deal worth $14.1 million.
Thus far, 13 players around the majors have received qualifying offers, among them Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin Soo-Choo. Were those players to sign with a new team when free agency begins, the player’s previous club would receive his new one’s first-round pick in the 2014 amateur draft unless it’s a protected pick. The first 11 picks in next June’s draft are protected, including selections held by both the White Sox (No. 3) and Cubs (No. 4).
The White Sox still plan to talk to Konerko about his future plans later this month. Konerko had a .244/.313./.355 line with 12 homers and 54 RBI in 126 games last season.
Though the White Sox have said the move doesn’t preclude him from signing with them for next season, the team did acquire Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu last week to take over at first base.
Floyd had reconstructive elbow surgery in May and isn’t expected to return to the field until sometime after the 2014 season begins. The right-hander went 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts last season.