The White Sox have signed free agent catcher Alex Avila to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.
Gabe Kapler, Bud Black and Dave Roberts are the finalists -- Darin Erstad was said to have withdrawn late Friday -- and interviews said to be coming next week.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.
The veteran catcher becomes just the second player ever to accept a qualifying offer. He'll be back in Baltimore on a one-year deal.
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.
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.
Gabe Kapler entered the Dodgers manager search as the possible favorite, but that may not be the case anymore.
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.

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