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.
The 2015-16 class of shortstops is neither deep nor impressive, but Ian Desmond is poised for a solid payday.
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.
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.
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.
The qualifying offer has become a popular tool for teams; no player has yet to accept one.
Doug Fister, Mat Latos and Alexei Ramirez are three free agents whose stocks are down after poor regular seasons.

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