Rumor: Swisher will reject qualifying offer, M’s and Rangers among interested teams

The deadline for players to accept or reject a $13.3 million qualifying offer is today at 5:00 p.m. and the Yankees are waiting to hear from Nick Swisher, Rafael Soriano, and Hiroki Kuroda.

According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Swisher has already received serious interested from at least five teams including the Mariners and the Rangers and is planning on declining the qualifying offer.

The Yankees have been hoping for this and only made the qualifying offer to land an extra draft pick in next year’s draft. They have already begun looking for his replacement too although Torii Hunter might be too expensive and they are not in on Justin Upton. The only outfielder they seem likely to sign at this point is Ichiro Suzuki.

That could change quickly. Yankees GM Brian Cashman hasn’t been actively shopping yet because he was waiting to hear if players would accept qualifying offers or not. After 5:00 p.m. we’ll start to get a better idea.

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