In response to carnie's comment:

I think the draft pick is more of an issue than the money.

  

Not so much the draft pick, but the slot money.  Higher draft picks represent a larger portion of the slot budget.  Notice only one team with a protected pick signed any free agents with a qualifying offer, and that team (Cleveland) signed two (Bourn and Swisher).

 

This helps Boston slightly because Cleveland picks just in front of Boston and is less likely now to draft a Boras bank-breaking client for signability reasons.

 

I do not mind the Sox just keeping the draft budget this year since there were only a couple names even worth thinking about, and those guys all got insane contracts that far exceed their abilities...

 



I almost said that, but I was trying to keep it simple for AL34. :-)

 




I admit keeping it simple for me would have been fine ... but you guys are causing me to have to learn stuff I wasn't even close to being aware of ....

   There sure is a lot more to this game than just the stuff on the diamond ...