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The Reading Room: 20 free agents given qualifying offers

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The last day before free agency brings a lot of qualifying offers and a few rumors.

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Along with the expected qualifying offer for Jeff Samardzija from the White Sox, a total of 20 free agents received qualifying offers prior to the deadline Friday.  While this was a significant increase over the 12 given last offseason, with free agents like Alex Gordon, Zack Greinke, and Matt Wieters among others, this offseason's class of free agents is one of the stronger set of free agents in recent years.

Overall, 13 teams gave out qualifying offers of $15.8 million.  The Nationals, Cardinals, and Padres gave out two each while the Dodgers and Orioles gave out three each.

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