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BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 18:  Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a solo home run in the eighth inning during a baseball game against the against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 18, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Orioles won 2-1.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Mark Trumbo rejects Orioles’ qualifying offer


1B/OF Mark Trumbo has rejected the Orioles’ $17.2 million qualifying offer, Dan Connolly of reports. As a result, the Orioles will receive draft pick compensation if Trumbo signs with a new team.

This news comes as no surprise, as Trumbo is coming off of a terrific season and figures to strike a big deal in a weak free agent market. The slugger mashed a major-league best 47 homers this past season, knocking in 108 runs and compiling a .256/.316/.533 triple-slash line in 667 plate appearances.

Our own Matthew Pouliot ranked Trumbo ninth among all free agents in his compilation posted earlier this month.

Neil Walker accepts Mets’ qualifying offer

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 02:  Neil Walker #20 of the New York Mets rounds the bases after his two run home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on July 2, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Second baseman Neil Walker has accepted the Mets’ $17.2 million qualifying offer, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

It’s good for the Mets, who don’t have to search for a new second baseman. It’s also good for Walker, who is likely earning more this year than he would have on a multi-year deal and he can try free agency again after the 2017 season, perhaps after the qualifying offer system is abolished. The two sides also have some time to work on a potential contract extension.

Walker, 31, was among the game’s better-hitting second basemen, finishing the 2016 campaign with a .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line along with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. He wasn’t able to play in the season’s final five weeks due to a herniated disc in his back which required surgery.

Jose Abreu opts out of contract with White Sox

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 27: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox watches his home run against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field on August 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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First baseman Jose Abreu has opted out of his contract with the White Sox and will instead go year-to-year in arbitration for the next three years, CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes reports. He had three years and $34 million remaining on his contract which was signed in October 2013.

Abreu, 29, hit .293/.353/.468 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI in 695 plate appearances this past season, his third solid season since joining the White Sox. He can potentially make more than three years and $34 million over the next three years in arbitration and he can also potentially negotiate a better multi-year contract extension with the White Sox.