3 top reasons why Carlos Rodón would want to remain with the SF Giants
3. The qualifying offer
There are certainly instances where a qualifying offer really hurts a player's market. Joc Pederson, for example, likely will have struggled to find a fair deal on the open market if he had not accepted the qualifying offer.
That is because signing a player who has rejected a qualifying results in the loss of a draft pick. Rodón was one of 12 players to reject a qualifying offer, meaning that if he signs elsewhere, the team that signs him will lose a draft pick.
Teams like to retain draft capital, so the loss of a draft pick is a meaningful cost of signing a player with a qualifying offer attached to his name. Will that matter for Rodón given that he is one of the best pitchers on the market? Probably not.
That said, it is one very small tool of leverage that the Giants carry. Rodón will likely have a large market in free agency, but only one team will not lose a draft pick when he signs and that is San Francisco.
That may not be enough to keep Rodón, but the qualifying offer is designed to help the incumbent team maintain some leverage in talks.