Gabe Kapler, Bud Black and Dave Roberts are the finalists -- Darin Erstad was said to have withdrawn late Friday -- and interviews said to be coming next week.
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.
A key part of the Jays season in 2015, Estrada signed as the free-agent qualifying offer deadline hit Friday afternoon.
Thursday's roundup includes updates on Aroldis Chapman, Wei-Yin Chen, Jackie Bradley Jr., Blue Jays pitching, and more.
The outfielder will return to Houston in 2016 on a one-year, $15.8-million contract.
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.
Top-heavy rankings also include more affordable names such as Alex Gordon, Ben Zobrist, Dexter Fowler, Colby Rasmus and Denard Span.
Big-name closers could be on the move this winter. Find out who is available plus more news from the MLB GM Meetings in Boca Raton.
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.
No player has ever accepted the qualifying offer. Ian Kennedy, Marco Estrada and Colby Rasmus are candidates to do so this offseason.

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