Chapman declines Blue Jays’ qualifying offer, remains free agent

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Third baseman Matt Chapman has declined the Toronto Blue Jays’ qualifying offer and remains a free agent.

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Chapman was one of seven players who turned down $20.325-million US qualifying offers from their former teams Tuesday.

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Others who declined to accept were two-way star Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles. Angels), outfielder Cody Bellinger (Chicago Cubs), pitchers Josh Hader and Blake Snell (San Diego), Aaron Nola (Philadelphia) and Sonny Gray (Minnesota).

The Jays extended the offer on Nov. 6. Chapman had until Tuesday to accept it.

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Toronto will receive an additional selection in next year’s MLB draft in compensation if Chapman signs elsewhere.

Chapman signed a two-year, $25-million contract with Toronto before the 2022 season after spending his first five MLB seasons in Oakland.

He hit .234 with 44 home runs and 130 RBIs over two seasons with the Jays and was named a Gold Glove Award winner this season.

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