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Can the Reds land a top "qualifying" free agent?

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08:18 PM ET 11.04 | This past Friday, certain potential free agents were extended "qualifying offers" from their teams. This is a new concept to baseball. Think of it a little like the franchise tag in the NFL. A team can make a qualifying offer to a potential free agent provided that player was a member of that team for the entire season. The offer is for one year and the amount of the offer is determined on the average salary of the league's top 125 players. That amount for this go around is $13.3MM for that single season. There's a little more to this. If a player declines the QO, he will become an unrestricted free agent. If that player signs with another team, his previous team will receive a selection in the following draft during the supplemental round held immediately after the first round. The team that signs that player will forfeit its first round pick. Can the Reds land one of these free agents to improve to World Series status?

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November 4, 2012  08:57 PM ET

Well their player salaries are about 88 million, so it seems likely they can sign someone if they really want to. I think they need a lead-off hitter..Bourne, maybe?

 
November 4, 2012  10:23 PM ET

I do not think a one year flyer on Grady sizemore would be a bad thing

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