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Teams face midnight deadline to offer deals
Baseball RDP Heal
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013 file photo, Cincinnati Reds' Shin-Soo Choo flies out to left field in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, in Cincinnati. On the first deadline day of the offseason, teams had until 5 p.m. to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to their eligible free agents, a group that includes Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Shin-Soo Choo. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File) - photo by Associated Press
NEW YORK — As the big-money free agents negotiated, dozens of players with lower profiles waited to find out whether they would be dumped on the market by their clubs Monday night. Teams had until midnight to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters. Once a player receives a contract offer, his team no longer can release him before the start of the season without giving him termination pay.