With a little more than a week to go before free agency begins, teams are having the final discussions on which of their free agents they should make a qualifying offer to.
Under the current labor agreement, the figure is set by the average of the 125 most lucrative contracts, as detailed by the Basic Agreement.
Should a player reject a qualifying offer and sign a Major League contract with another club before the next year's First-Year Player Draft, his former team receives a compensation pick at the end of the first round. The club signing the player loses its first-round pick in the Draft, unless that pick is among the top 10, in which case the signing club loses its next-highest pick.
While those rules affect the signing team, there are certain players who won't receive $14.1 million per year in a new contract they sign. For some, length is a bigger concern over dollars. For others, struggles in 2013 hurt their free-agent value, so a one-year qualifying offer would give them an opportunity to up their value for free agency after next season.
Here's a look at four players who should accept qualifying offers from their current teams and test free agency next year.