Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ; Rasmus, Wieters, Anderson Accept Qualifying Offers

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ; Rasmus, Wieters, Anderson Accept Qualifying Offers

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NEW YORK - Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus, Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson became the first three players to accept qualifying offers from their teams rather than remain free agents. The trio, who agreed to the $15.8 million, one-year contracts Friday, were among 20 players given the offers Nov. 6. Another in the group, Toronto pitcher Marco Estrada, agreed to a $26 million, two-year contract that was announced just before the 5 p.m. EST deadline to accept qualifying offers.

None of the 34 qualifying offers was accepted in the first three years of baseball's current collective bargaining agreement. The qualifying offer salary is determined by the average of the highest 125 contracts in the major leagues.

Among those who turned down the offer this year were second baseman Daniel Murphy (Mets) and right-hander Ian Kennedy (Padres). …

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