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Colby Rasmus

Will Free Agents Take $15.8M Qualifying Offers?

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Will any of the 20 free agents accept the $15.8 million qualifying offers they were given last week?

All 34 offers were turned down in the first three years of baseball's current collective bargaining agreement. This year's group, which must decide whether to accept by 5 p.m. EST, includes second baseman Daniel Murphy (Mets), outfielder Colby Rasmus (Astros) and pitcher Marco Estrada (Blue Jays).

When a player fails to accept a qualifying offer and signs elsewhere, his former team gets an additional high selection as compensation in next June's amateur draft. Because the signing club loses a top pick, the market has slowed for some less-than-prime free...