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Deadline day for exclusive talks with free agents, making qualifying offers
Deadline day for exclusive talks with free agents, making qualifying offers

Today marks the final day the Orioles can negotiate with their free agents before they hit the open market Tuesday. If the club chooses to do so, it also must offer its eligible free agents one-year qualifying offers for $15.3 million by 5 p.m. today. Outfielder Nelson Cruz will undoubtedly receive a qualifying offer. After leading the major leagues with a career-high 40 home runs, he likely will decline the offer in hopes of landing a lucrative multiyear deal. In that case, the Orioles would receive a compensatory draft pick if Cruz signs elsewhere. The only other free agent who might receive a qualifying offer is right fielder Nick Markakis and whether he does will tell how...

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