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Here's What the Cubs Would Forfeit by Signing Trea Turner as a Qualified Free Agent

Adam Taylor McKillop
Here's what the Chicago Cubs would forfeit by signing Trea Turner as a qualified free agent.
Here's what the Chicago Cubs would forfeit by signing Trea Turner as a qualified free agent. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

While the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies duke it out in the World Series, the remaining 28 MLB teams are focused on 2023. All eyes will be on a free-agent class headlined by superstars like Aaron Judge and Trea Turner.

But first, those players must make a decision on potential qualifying offers. This competitive balance measure allows teams with departing free agents to give them a qualifying offer worth the mean of MLB's highest-paid players. Should that free agent decline and sign elsewhere, his new team is subject to various penalties.

Let's take the case of the Chicago Cubs, who are rumored to be a potential landing spot for Turner.

Turner is all but guaranteed to at least receive this qualifying offer. It will give the Los Angeles Dodgers protection in the form of draft compensation should he sign elsewhere.

The Cubs have an obvious need at shortstop and many believe the franchise is expected to spend big this offseason, meaning Turner could end up in Wrigleyville. But, it will cost them.

Chicago fall into the middle bucket of this competitive tax threshold. They are not one of the six teams paying the luxury tax because of exorbitant payrolls, nor are they revenue-sharing recipients.

Because of this designation, Chicago will be forced to forfeit its second-highest draft pick in the 2023 draft and will see its international signing pool reduced by $500K.

A small price to pay for a player with a career .302/.355/.487 slash line and two All-Star appearances under his belt.

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