I'm beginning to wonder if this might, in fact, be the best strategy for many (most?) players offered QOs. (Not sure what a QA is ) Given that a player can only be given a QO once, what we have is effectively a one-time, fairly expensive one-year extension of the 6-year reserve.
Now, I'm just a typical American peasant... far from the 1%. But that said, I have trouble with the idea that accepting a one-year, $17 million contract somehow threatens anybody's "financial security."
Don't misunderstand. I fully support players' rights to contract themselves to the highest bidder - and in fact, I wouldn't object if the 6-year reserve were watered down (I don't much like indentured servitude, even at MLB's pre-free agency pay scale). But the MLBPA agreed to the current QO system, so I have to assume that the players (through their representatives) are OK with this potential one-year reserve extension. So...go with it. Anticipate it. Plan a dual-track strategy as you hit FA. If a QO is presented... consider deferring entering the market for one year; it's not as if the club can do it a second time.
The alternative - in the next CBA round - would be to push for elimination of penalties for signing any free agent. MLB could provide draft compensation for lost FA, without any penalties for clubs who sign such FA; they've just chosen not to go there, which is a deliberate attempt to discourage the signing/movement of top free agents. I don't know why the MLBPA agreed to this...but they did.