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With qualifying-offer price tag set, will Orioles make offers to Davis, Chen and Wieters?

With qualifying-offer price tag set, will Orioles make offers to Davis, Chen and Wieters?

The Orioles will participate in the qualifying-offer process this season to ease the pain of possibly losing some of their big-ticket free agents.

The process, which is in its fourth year, is aimed at ensuring teams that lose free agents aren’t left empty handed, giving those teams a compensatory draft pick after the first round if their qualifying offer for a one-year contract is declined and the free agent signs elsewhere. The signing team also forfeits its first-round pick (or its highest remaining pick), which adds another dynamic.

The qualifying offer for this offseason, which is determined by averaging the top 125 annual salaries in MLB, will be set at $15.8...

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