Clearly, being a professional baseball franchise, they have more information than I do. But I did a quick look over at fangraphs and was really confused by what I saw. The slegnA recently declined to make qualifying offers to either Dan Haren or Torii Hunter. Hunter is coming off a great year (with some big time help from BABIP), and Haren had a pretty rough year by his standards. Haren put up 1.8 WAR, far below his usual stellar performace. So the Halos must be valuing this year's performance more than previous seasons, right?
But then what about Hunter? He put up over 5 WAR last year. Sure, that's not what I expect from him next year either, but what are they doing out there in Anaheim/California/Los Angeles? Do they just not like these guys as friends or do they have something against draft pick compensation? With qualifying offers at 13 million-ish, it seems pretty reasonable for whichever of these guys you think would put up 3-4 WAR to make the offer. The risk of potentially getting "stuck" with Dan Haren for 13.3 million versus the reward of a high draft pick seems like a gamble I'd take. But then again, I'm glad they run a terrible operation while wasting tons of money over there. More wins for us!