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Potential Red Sox targets just got a bit pricier

Rob Bradford
November 13, 2017 - 9:36 am

ORLANDO -- This shouldn't come as a surprise to the Red Sox, but it is noteworthy.

According to FanRag Sports, all nine of the free agents who were extended qualifying offers by their teams will decline the option to make $17.4 million for one year. Those extended offers include Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Lance Lynn, Carlos Santana, Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis, Greg Holland and Alex Cobb.

The two players who are of particular interest to the Red Sox are Hosmer and Santana, both of whom could potentially fill the team's hole at first base/designated hitter.

What this means is that if the Red Sox were to sign either player, they would be forced to surrender their second-highest draft pick while having their international signing bonus pool money reduced by $500,000. For the Sox, that draft pick would come in the second round, with their first-round selection for 2018 sitting at No. 26 overall.

The Red Sox would not be required to give up any draft picks if they were to sign another one of their primary targets, J.D. Martinez, who wasn't allowed to receive a qualifying offer since he was traded midseason. In order to be eligible for a QO, a player must spend a full season with one team leading into free agency.

Hosmer would seemingly be prioritized over Santana, coming off a career year. The 28-year-old played in all 162 games, hitting .318 with an .882 OPS and 25 home runs while winning a Gold Glove. The switch-hitting Santana, 31, hit .259 with an .818 OPS and 23 homers, coming off a 2016 in which he bashed 34 homers.

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