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From the duck boats to the negotiating table — such is the life of Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington. Cherington announced Monday — just two days after the Red Sox’ rolling rally celebration through the streets of Boston — that the club is making qualifying offers to free agents Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew. The Red Sox will not make Jarrod Saltalamacchia a qualifying offer. This means that Ellsbury, Napoli and Drew each have the option to accept a one-year, $14.1 million contract — the $14.1 million is the average of the top 20 percent of major league salaries from this past season. If a player accepts, he will be slated to return to the Red Sox at that salary, although there still exists the possibility of a long-term deal being negotiated. If a player rejects, he is free to sign elsewhere in addition to the Red Sox. A rejection also attaches draft-pick compensation to the player, meaning that whichever team signs the player would need to relinquish a first-r...
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