The qualifying offer teams have to extend to either keep their own free agents or gain a draft pick if the free agent departs will rise to $14.1 million this offseason The Post has learned.

The figure which was $13.3 million last year is derived from the average salary of the top 125 players in the majors. Nine players received the tender last year: David Ortiz (Red Sox) Josh Hamilton (Rangers) Michael Bourn (Braves) Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) Adam LaRoche (Nationals) B.J. Upton (Rays) and the Yankees’ Hiroki Kuroda Rafael Soriano and Nick Swisher. All nine declined though both Ortiz and Kuroda eventually worked out deals to stay with their teams.

If the player leaves the team gains a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds of the draft. For example the Yankees received two sandwich picks for losing Soriano and Swisher. The team that signs such a player loses a first-round pick if it has one of the 20 best records as the Yankees did in 2013 or a second-round pick if has one of the 10 worst records as the Mets did in 2013. Thus the Mets can sign a free agent who has been given the qualifying offer this offseason and lose only their second-round pick next June. The Yankees would lose their first-round pick.