Bourn now has a week to accept or decline the one-year offer worth $13.3 million, and he is expected to reject it and become a free agent. That would leave him free to negotiate any deal with any team; the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies are expected to be bidders.
Teams had until Friday to make qualifying offers to their free agents, and the offer must be equal to the average of the top 125 salaries in baseball.
Should a free agent reject a qualifying offer and sign with another team, his previous team will be given a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds of the draft.
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