The Qualifying Offer system has got to go.
Players - Forced to either take a one-year deal, a significant pay cut on multiple years due to the 1st round pick attached to them. or sign with a bottom-10 team who doesn't have to forfeit a pick
Small Market Teams - Very risky to tender offers to free agents, as the average of the top 100 salaries in baseball (currently 14.1 million and will only increase) would represent a large chunk of a small market payroll, and this system would really only be a safe bet on the best of the best (which probably would have been traded by that time anyway). The risk of losing a first round pick also makes these teams shy away from these players, as these teams have no choice but to build from the draft/latin america, and they can't risk losing a shot at a top talent as well as a greater pool of slot money. The Pirates are in this situation with guys like Napoli and Morales - guys that may become affordable over 4-5 years but are not worth losing a first rounder.
Big Market Teams - can tender qualifying offers to guys, knowing they more than likely want the stability of multiple years. Low risk - no big deal if they accept the one-year offer. Puts them in a situation where they can put a draft pick tag on certain players and take away the one advantage small market teams have via the slotting system.