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Melky Cabrera turns down Jays' qualifying offer

11/10/2014 06:18 EST | Updated 01/10/2015 05:59 EST
Melky Cabrera turned down a $15.3 million offer from the Toronto Blue Jays and will test the free agent market.

Cabrera signed a two-year deal $16 million with the Blue Jays in Nov. 2012 after being suspended for 50 games for using performance enhancing substances while with the San Francisco Giants. this season he hit .301, with 171 hits before breaking his pinky finger Sept. 5 against Boston and missing the rest of the season.

All 12 free agents who were given the offers last week chose not to accept by Monday's 5 p.m. EST deadline.

It was the third straight year, baseball's free agents shunned qualifying offers from their former teams and chose to test the market.

One of the dozen, Colorado outfielder Michael Cuddyer, became the first major free agent to switch teams when he agreed to a $21 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets.

World Series star Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco) also let the deadline pass, as did pitcher Max Scherzer and first baseman-designated hitter Victor Martinez (Detroit), and left-hander Francisco Liriano and catcher Russell Martin (Pittsburgh).

The others were shortstop Hanley Ramirez (Los Angeles Dodgers), outfielder Nelson Cruz (Baltimore), right-hander James Shields (Kansas City), closer David Robertson (New York Yankees) and pitcher Ervin Santana (Atlanta).

In the three off-seasons of the current collective bargaining agreement, none of the 34 qualifying offers have been accepted.

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