HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Three of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 16, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

3 MLB Players Who Aren't Worth Their $17.9 Million Qualifying Offer

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MLB teams had until 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday to extend a qualifying offer to a player prior to the official start of free agency. That one-year, $17.9 million contract offer was received by seven players, and now they'll have 10 days to accept or reject -- with a deadline of 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 12.


With that in mind, here are three players that shouldn't have received a qualifying offer.

3. A.J. Pollock, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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A.J. Pollock's health continues to be an issue throughout his career, especially over the last three seasons. He missed 249 games out of a possible 486 he could've played in. That the Diamondbacks offered almost $18 million to a player that's never on the field is just baffling.

2. Dallas Keuchel, SP, Houston Astros

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Dallas Keuchel pitched in a career-high 34 games this season, while surrendering a career-high 58 walks (58) and tabulating his highest WHIP (1.31) since the 2013 season. Keuchel will likely draw heavy interest from multiple teams this offseason, and the compensatory pick the Astros would receive if the left-hander signs elsewhere could be the one-and-only reason the offer was extended. But whoever that suitor is would be wise to sign him to a short-term deal. 

1. Craig Kimbrel, RP, Boston Red Sox

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It pains me that you can give a reliever a $17.9 million offer. Sure, Craig Kimbrel helped the Red Sox to a World Series title, but he wasn't even on the mound the close it out. Instead, starter Chris Sale was called on to close out the series-clinching game. The Yankees' Aroldis Chapman signed a five-year, $86 million deal which breaks out to less than the total of the qualifying offer. How can you possibly pay Kimbrel more than Chapman this coming season?

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