All nine free agents reject qualifying offers
All nine MLB free agents who received $13.3 million qualifying offers rejected them.
MLBPA: All 9 free agent players who received qualifying offers from their former clubs declined them.—
Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) November 09, 2012
everyone who received 13.3M qual offer rejected it. thats bj, bourn, kuroda, swisher, soriano, lohse, laroche, hamilton—
Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 09, 2012
With the offers rejected and the annual general managers meetings concluded, team officials will head home for a busy month of negotiations. Baseball’s new labor contract has sped up all business season deadlines in an attempt to prompt quicker decisions.
Most of the players were expected to turn down their qualifying offers in pursuit of bigger multi-year deals. B.J. Upton is being actively pursued by the Republic, Braves, Rangers, Red Sox and Tigers, while the Orioles, Mariners and Brewers have expressed interest in Josh Hamilton.