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Nine players decline qualifying offers

Players opt for free agency over one-year, $13.3 million deal

NEW YORK -- Each of the below nine players presented with qualifying offers by their former clubs have declined those offers, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Association:

Michael Bourn, ATL
Josh Hamilton, TEX
Hiroki Kuroda, NYY
Adam LaRoche, WAS
Kyle Lohse, STL
David Ortiz, BOS
Rafael Soriano, NYY
Nick Swisher, NYY
B.J. Upton, TB