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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 09 November 2012 19:32

You could say these players batted 1.000. A new system where clubs offer a “qualifying offer” of $13.3 million for the upcoming season to potential free agents got its first test, and with it, all nine players that were made the offers rejected them. In doing so, the clubs will now get a compensatory pick in the upcoming Rule 4 draft, and the players that rejected the offers are now free agents. This doesn’t mean a player can’t re-sign with their former club, it simply means that the player is now a free agent. Of the nine, one has already re-signed with their former club. Designated hitter, David Ortiz rejected the one-year, $13.3 million offer as he and the Red Sox reached a two-year, $26 million deal that with incentives, could push to $30 million.

The following are the nine players that rejected the qualifying offers, thus becoming free agents:

Player

Club

Michael Bourn

Atlanta

Josh Hamilton

Texas

Hiroki Kuroda

New York Yankees

Adam LaRoche

Washington

Kyle Lohse

St. Louis

David Ortiz *

Boston

Rafael Soriano

New York Yankees

Nick Swisher

New York Yankees

B.J. Upton

Tampa Bay

*Reached deal before today's deadline

Source: MLB Players Association


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