Hamilton, Upton decline qualifying offers

9:42 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Outfielder Josh Hamilton turned down a one- year, $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Texas Rangers on Friday.

Although the Rangers are expected to make a big pitch to re-sign the five-time All-Star and 2010 American League MVP, the move that was made a week ago was required for Texas to get compensation should Hamilton sign with another club.

Outfielder B.J. Upton, who has played his entire career with Tampa Bay, also declined his $13.3 million package from the Rays. He's coming off a career- high 28-homer season.

Also rejecting qualifying offers from their former clubs were three Yankees - pitchers Hiroki Kuroda and Rafael Soriano, and outfielder Nick Swisher. Michael Bourn, David Ortiz and Adam LaRoche officially declined their offers.

In the new collective bargaining agreement, a team had to make qualifying offers to their free agents last week. The offer would be a guaranteed one- year contract equal to the average salary of the league's 125 highest-paid players.

Ortiz agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Red Sox.

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