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Justin Upton

Rasmus becomes 1st to agree to accept qualifying offer

A player agreed to accept a qualifying offer for the first time in the four-year history of the compensation system rather than remain a free agent, and Atlanta dealt shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels as the annual general managers' meetings ended.

Outfielder Colby Rasmus agreed to accept Houston's $15.8 million qualifying offer, the team said Friday.

None of the 34 qualifying offers was accepted in the first three years of baseball's current collective bargaining agreement and 20 more were made last week. The deadline is Friday 5 p.m. EST and among the players facing decisions are second baseman Daniel Murphy (Mets) and pitcher Marco Estrada (Blue...