...and some were genuinely surprising that they passed. Stephen Drew, Nellie Cruz, Kendrys Morales, Michael Cuddyer
Generally, you either don't get a QO or you are good enough that saying yes would be OK with the offering team and thus you want more. The idea of the QO system is to tie compensation only to those players who it legitimately hurts to lose in free agency. It's working, I'd say.
And I would absolutely QO Jay Happ. That's not even a question for me.
Funny story - On July 30th, 2013, my colleagues and I at Yankee Stadium got into a 4 hour and 30 minute (!) argument over whether it was, or was not, a no-brainer to QO Phil Hughes. At the time, the Yankees were getting fed up with his gopheritis and he boasted a 4.65 ERA give or take a few points, but one of the interns (a man who I still love to hate - frenemies to the end! - to this very day and avidly seek to destroy in fantasy baseball...I'm happy to report that I'm four games ahead of him in the standings! :D) posited that, even in that position, it was absolutely a no-brainer to QO him. I took the other side, suggesting that he was no good to the Yankees as he was a bad match for Yankee Stadium, and that his peripherals in the last two months suggested he was about to struggle horribly and kill his value, so even if I had to make the call then, I'd pass. The war that ensued dragged in everyone in the office right up to the GM himself. Seriously. They love debating this sort of thing for sport including the bigwigs.
The final conclusion was that, if he pitched at the same level the rest of the year, the top-level guys would QO him based on his potential but it would be a nail-biter of a choice and not a no-brainer. He pitched worse than that the rest of the way as I predicted, and the Yankees did not QO him...yet he signed for 3 years and 24 million, so he probably should have been QO'ed.
Just thought I would share that anecdote for your amusement. :)