The Brewers trade for an Astros infielder, the Cubs may be looking to bring back pitcher Jeff Samardzija and more news and rumors from Thursday.
Three players out of 20 -- also Matt Wieters and Colby Rasmus -- accept a $15.8 million salary for 2015 in lieu of free agency. Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays bypass their QO, agreeing to two-year contract for $26 million.
Several teams are expected to be big spenders, and others won't be too far behind that, as the winter spending season is just getting under way now.
The odds are that the Dodgers, with their seemingly limitless coffers, will reel in one of the top two free-agent pitchers. That, plus more notes from the GM meetings in this installment of Inside Baseball.
David Price, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmermann headline the free agent starting pitchers this offseason.
With the Hot Stove season well underway, we rank the top 50 free agents (by dollars) who could be on the move this winter in Part 1 of this weekend's Inside Baseball column.
Friday was Qualifying Offer day in MLB. That plus other goings-on.
Free agency is set to kick off on Saturday. Here are our top 50 free agents.
Here's who received qualifying offers from their 2015 clubs just prior to Friday's deadline.
The qualifying offer has become a popular tool for teams; no player has yet to accept one.

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