Trio declines Sox qualifying offers

Updated: November 11, 2013, 5:44 PM ET
By Gordon Edes |

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As expected, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman Mike Napoli all declined their one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offers from the Boston Red Sox and are free to test the free-agent market.

Those players can still negotiate with the Red Sox, but if they sign with another team that team will forfeit a first-round draft pick (unless it owns one of the first 11 picks) and the Red Sox would get a compensatory pick in next year's first-year player draft.

Ellsbury is the second-most coveted free agent on the market, behind only Robinson Cano. He's expected to receive a total package worth more than $100 million. The Red Sox and Ellsbury did not see eye to eye in two attempts to strike a long-term deal in seasons past, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney last month.

In not accepting the qualifying offer, Drew, who made $9.5 million on a one-year deal last season, has chosen to take his chances in a weak shortstop market.

Napoli, who also played this season with a one-year pact after hip issues caused a three-year agreement to fall apart last offseason, has expressed his desire to return to Boston.

All 13 players around the majors who were extended one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offers turned them down.

Gordon Edes

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