MLB Free Agents 2016: Complete List of Players Who Received Qualifying Offers

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIINovember 6, 2015

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke reacts as he leaves the game during the seventh inning in Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the New York Mets Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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The deadline for MLB teams to extend qualifying offers to impending free agents passed at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, and 20 players will get the chance to make some money in the offseason.

This number shattered the previous record of 13, according to Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith.

MLB's qualifying offer process is simple: If any of these players accepts the qualifying offer from his respective team, that player will earn $15.8 million on a one-year deal. If the player declines and signs with another team, the club will forfeit an unprotected draft pick.

You can read a full breakdown on the rules of the qualifying offer, courtesy of Jeff Todd of MLBTradeRumors.com.

Does it all make sense? Good. Here's a complete list of the players who have received qualifying offers:

MLB Players Given Qualifying Offers
Brett AndersonLos Angeles DodgersStarting Pitcher
Wei-Yin ChenBaltimore OriolesStarting Pitcher
Chris DavisBaltimore OriolesFirst Baseman
Ian DesmondWashington NationalsShortstop
Marco EstradaToronto Blue JaysStarting Pitcher
Dexter FowlerChicago CubsOutfielder
Yovani GallardoTexas RangersStarting Pitcher
Alex GordonKansas City RoyalsOutfielder
Zack GreinkeLos Angeles DodgersStarting Pitcher
Jason HeywardSt. Louis CardinalsOutfielder
Hisashi IwakumaSeattle MarinersStarting Pitcher
Howie KendrickLos Angeles DodgersSecond Baseman
Ian KennedySan Diego PadresStarting Pitcher
John LackeySt. Louis CardinalsStarting Pitcher
Daniel MurphyNew York MetsSecond Baseman
Colby RasmusHouston AstrosOutfielder
Jeff SamardzijaChicago White SoxStarting Pitcher
Justin UptonSan Diego PadresOutfielder
Matt WietersBaltimore OriolesCatcher
Jordan ZimmermannWashington NationalsStarting Pitcher

Starting pitching will dominate free agency this year, and that's clearly the case after a quick look at this year's QO list. Ten players, half of the list, are starting pitchers. Two of the top available aces this year, Zack Greinke and Jordan Zimmermann, will be coveted on the open market, should they not take the offers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, respectively.

The Baltimore Orioles are also going about free agency in a smart way. Chris Davis and Matt Wieters are sure to command top dollar at their positions, but should teams come along and pry those two away, Baltimore would gain two draft picks.

One key name to keep in mind through the next seven days is New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. His performance in the National League Championship Series almost warranted a large contract by itself. But a lackluster five-game stretch in the World Series may have brought that dollar amount down.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman noted that Murphy may want to stay in New York, even if he declines the offer:

Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

Murphy will indeed get $15.8M qualifying bid from mets. Would seem very unlikely to accept, despite interest in staying.

We'll have to wait and see how this plays out. These players have seven days to decide whether to accept. Either way, this could be an interesting seven days as teams start to reveal how they will execute their plans of attack in the winter.