Qualifying offer accept/decline round-up

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UPDATE: All 13 players who received a qualifying offer have declined it.

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The deadline for free agents to accept or decline qualifying offers is 5:00 p.m. eastern time today, so I’ll update this list with decisions as they become known:

– Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: Declined
– Robinson Cano, Yankees: Declined
– Shin-Soo Choo, Reds: Declined
– Nelson Cruz, Rangers: Declined
– Stephen Drew, Red Sox: Declined
– Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: Declined
– Curtis Granderson, Yankees: Declined
– Ubaldo Jimenez, Indians: Declined
– Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees: Declined
– Brian McCann, Braves: Declined
– Kendrys Morales, Mariners: Declined
– Mike Napoli, Red Sox: Declined
– Ervin Santana, Royals: Declined

Any player accepting the qualifying offer will get a one-year, $14.1 million deal to remain with the original team.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.