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.
Daniel Murphy and Howie Kendrick are the other top-tier 2Bs, but Juan Uribe, Chase Utley and Stephen Drew are out there too.
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.
Murphy ranked 29th in defensive runs saved and 24th in ultimate zone rating per 150 games played -- which isn't as bad as you (and possibly the Yankees) might realize.
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.

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