There was a column by Rosenthal in the last 24 hours, stating that the Angels were seeking to trade Kendrys Morales. One of the statements made by Rosenthal was that the Angels didn't intend to make a qualifying offer to Morales.
Here is my question: Why the hell not? If we accept the fact that Scott Boras would guide Morales as he has most of his other clients, then what exactly is the risk of extending a qualifying offer? Morales declines, he signs with another team and the Angels (in this case) get a pick from the team which signs him. The current free agents who rejected their qualifying offer (like Nick Swisher) have seen their appeal reduced because the signing team will relinquish a pick, but that isn't the Yankees problem if their pick claim is reducing the market for Swisher.
I sort of get why there was no offer to Torii Hunter (the team was already plotting to make other arrangements for the OF), and the numbers wouldn't work out for Dan Haren when he cost of the buyout is factored in.
But why wouldn't the Angels have offered a qualifying offer to Morales, unless he had a horrible season and Boras told him to take the one-year deal to rebuild value? Is there some factor about the CBA qualifying offer that I'm not understanding?