KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals announced Monday the club has extended one-year qualifying offers to outfielder Lorenzo Cain, first baseman Eric Hosmer, and third baseman Mike Moustakas for the 2018 season.
All three players have until Thursday, Nov. 16 to accept or decline their offers.
According to the Associated Press, if they sign with new teams, their old clubs would get an extra draft pick as compensation — possibly a much lower selection than in the past under the rules in baseball's new labor contract.
A club signing one of the players who didn't accept would lose a draft selection — no longer a first-round pick — and possibly part of its international bonus pool allocation for 2018-19.