Cespedes, Bautista, Encarnacion to reject qualifying offers

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Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets and Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays are reported to be rejecting their qualifying offers.

No surprises here, but at least these are reports rather than just speculation. Even if it was pretty well-informed speculation, based on the fact that all three of these guys are expected to receive multi-year offers, most likely in excess of $17.2 million a year. The reports com from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, respectively.

Cespedes hit .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI in 132 games for the Mets and is the consensus top free agent available this offseason. Encarnacion hit 42 homers and 127 RBI in 160 games for the Blue Jays in 2016 and, with Toronto signing Kendrys Morales last week, will no doubt be looking for a new team. Bautista hit .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 116 games this past season for Toronto. While he has declined off of his peak, he’s still one of the more potent bats available and his 2016 was hampered by some nagging injuries.