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No qualifying offers accepted by MLB free agents

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Michael Bourn will celebrate a big new contract this offseason. (US Presswire)

All nine players who received qualifying offers of $13.3 million turned them down. The nine are Michael Bourn, Josh Hamilton, Hiroki Kuroda, Adam LaRoche, Kyle Lohse, David Ortiz, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher and B.J. Upton.

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Under the new free agent compensation system as part of the new collective-bargaining agreement, in order for a team to receive compensation for a player lost in free agency, the team had to make a one-year offer worth at least the annual average of the top 125 free agents from the previous winter. This year's number was $13.3 million. Dayn Perry explained it all earlier this offseason.

Eight of the nine players listed chose to explore free agency instead of signing the qualifying offer. The other, Ortiz, re-signed with the Red Sox for a two-year deal worth $26 million.

The other players will explore free agency.

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