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Yankees qualify Kuroda, Soriano, Swisher before free agency

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Associated Press
11/2/2012 5:17:32 PM
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NEW YORK -- The Yankees have made qualifying offers of $13.3 million to pitchers Hiroki Kuroda and Rafael Soriano, and to right fielder Nick Swisher.

If any of the three sign a major league contract with another team, New York would receive draft-pick compensation in next year's amateur draft.

Under baseball's new labour contract, the qualifying offers replace the team agreeing to go to salary arbitration. A player has until Nov. 9 to accept the $13.3 million deal.

Soriano opted out of a $14 million salary for next year, preferring a $1.5 million buyout.

New York had 10 other players who became free agents: pitchers Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Freddy Garcia, Derek Lowe and Pedro Feliciano; outfielders Raul Ibanez, Ichiro Suzuki and Andruw Jones; catcher Russell Martin; and third baseman Eric Chavez.

Hiroki Kuroda  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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