This came up because Mike Trout, arguably the best player in baseball, will be up for arbitration next year.
Salary arbitration has the effect of paying a first, second or third year "arb" player about 40 percent, 60 percent, or 80 percent of what he would be making as a free agent. This is after three years of "minimum wage" (about $500,000).
Trout's value has been estimated at $40-$50 million (for a free agent), and many believe that he could get $15 million (or more) in first year arbitration.
A qualifying offer is the average of the top 125 salaries. It is an objective way to determine who is a "Type A" free agent that cost the signing team a draft pick.
Does the qualifying offer (which could be about $15 million next season) in any way impact how much Trout could make in arbitration?