MLB Trade Rumors and News: Braves sign Will Smith out of nowhere, qualifying offer decisions announced

MLB Daily Dish
MLB Trade Rumors and News: Braves sign Will Smith out of nowhere, qualifying offer decisions announced
MLB Trade Rumors and News: Braves sign Will Smith out of nowhere, qualifying offer decisions announced

The MLB Daily Dish is a daily feature we're running here at MLBDD that rounds up roster-impacting news, rumors, and analysis. If you were one of those who bet that Will Smith, the top reliever on the free agent market who was widely expected to sign his qualifying offer, was going to be the first major free agent signing of the offseason...you are likely very rich. The Braves struck early as they signed Smith to a lucrative three year deal and the team has, for the moment, a bullpen that should be a strength even if it is rather pricey. Qualifying offer decisions were due yesterday (which was a big part of what led to Smith getting signed) and just Jake Odorizzi and Jose Abreu signed their offers while Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner, Josh Donaldson, and Marcell Ozuna all rejected their offers.

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