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RHP Wade Davis rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

It was a formality, as Davis is the top reliever hitting the free agent market this offseason and is set to receive a big multi-year contract. He put up a 2.30 ERA and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings while notching 32 saves for the Cubs in 2017.

RHP Jake Arrieta rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

He's now officially a free agent. Arrieta will turn 32 before Opening Day next season, but he is still in line to receive a big multi-year contract on the market this winter.

1B Carlos Santana rejected the Indians' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Santana had a rough first half in his walk year but rebounded big time after the All-Star break to ultimately finish with a .259/.363/.455 batting line and 23 home runs. He'll turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018 but won't have trouble landing a big contract this winter.

3B Mike Moustakas rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Moustakas is set to strike it rich this offseason after slugging a career-high 38 home runs for the Royals this past season. He's a native of Southern California and the Angels have already been pegged as a likely pursuer of the third baseman this winter.

1B Eric Hosmer rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Of the nine players extended the offer, Hosmer might be in line for the biggest contract, and among position players he certainly will wind up with the largest deal. Hosmer's production in his career has wavered between average and good, but he just turned 28 less than a month ago, helping to raise his floor over the course of his impending contract even if his upside isn't super high.

Mets signed LHP Matt Purke to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The former Nationals prospect had a nice season at Triple-A in the White Sox organization this past season, holding a 3.84 ERA and 80/28 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 relief innings. Purke will try to win a bullpen job next spring.

RHP Lance Lynn rejected the Cardinals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Lynn's velocity and peripherals in his first season back from Tommy John surgery went south, but he still posted a 3.43 ERA. He's arguably at the top of the second tier of free agent starters.

RHP Alex Cobb rejected the Rays' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Cobb might not wind up getting that much on an average annual basis on his new contract, but he's in line to receive a multi-year deal this winter, making it a pretty easy call to reject the offer. He held a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings this past season in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery.


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