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    Justin Verlander, Freddie Freeman Among Those To Reject Qualifying Offer – MLB Trade Rumors

    Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was the only one of the fourteen players tagged with the one-year, $18.4MM qualifying offer this offseason to accept the deal, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com (Twitter link). That means players like Justin VerlanderFreddie Freeman and Robbie Ray have all declined the offers, as had been anticipated.

    Verlander was the only one of the aforementioned trio who ever looked like a realistic possibility to accept the QO, as he’s coming off a season lost to Tommy John surgery recovery and turns 39 years old in February. Astros owner Jim Crane told reporters last month that Verlander was looking for a contract “of some length,” though, and early interest in the future Hall of Famer seems to be robust. It seems likely the two-time Cy Young award winner will be able to find a multi-year deal, even with draft pick compensation attached.

    Freeman and Ray, meanwhile, made the very easy call to turn the QO. They’re among the top handful of players in this year’s class, with each likely to land a five or six-year deal that pushes well north of $100MM. There was no incentive for either player to entertain the possibility of taking a QO, since declining has no impact on their ability to continue to negotiate a longer-term arrangement with their incumbent clubs.

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