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Harper, Keuchel among 7 to receive qualifying offers

Updated: 03-11-2018 04:53 IST

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel were among the seven prospective free agents who received a qualifying offer from their teams prior to Friday's deadline.

The offer is set at $17.9 million for one year, which is the mean salary of the 125 highest-paid players in the majors. Players have 10 days to accept or reject the offer. The deadline is Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. ET.

By extending a qualifying offer, a team is in line to receive draft-pick compensation if the player signs with another team.

Both Harper and Keuchel are expected to decline the qualifying offer from their respective teams and pursue free agency.

Qualifying offers were also extended to Boston Red Sox right-hander Craig Kimbrel, Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin and outfielder A.J. Pollock as well as Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Since the qualifying offer system began six years ago, only five of 73 offers were accepted -- by Brett Anderson, Jeremy Hellickson, Neil Walker, Colby Rasmus and Matt Wieters.

Among the players who didn't receive a qualifying offer are Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis and Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie.

The Astros didn't offer the trio of right-hander Charlie Morton, infielder-outfielder Marwin Gonzalez and designated hitter Evan Gattis. The Cleveland Indians passed on the quartet of left-hander Andrew Miller, right-hander Cody Allen and outfielders Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall.

The Colorado Rockies didn't extend an offer to second baseman DJ LeMahieu, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez or right-hander Adam Ottavino.

Others not extended qualifying offers are catcher Jonathan Lucroy (Athletics), left-hander Wade Miley (Milwaukee Brewers), right-hander Bud Norris (St. Louis Cardinals), outfielder Hunter Pence (San Francisco Giants), shortstop Freddy Galvis (San Diego Padres), right-hander Joe Kelly (Boston Red Sox), left-hander Justin Wilson (Chicago Cubs) and infielder Daniel Descalso (Diamondbacks).

--Field Level Media

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