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Three free agents accept Qualifying Offers, plus dueling mailbags

Colby Rasmus makes history and Hoynsie and Bastian go head-to-head answering fan e-mails.

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Tribe-Related

Cleveland Indians have outfield holes to fill, but not at expense of pitching or Carlos Santana | cleveland.com -
The Indians need a lot of help in the outfield and Michael Brantley's shoulder injury made things worse.

Can Cleveland Indians afford Dexter Fowler, Denard Span or Gerardo Parra? Hey, Hoynsie | cleveland.com - The Indians say they're concentrating on trades to improve their offense, but would they take a chance on free agent outfielders such as Dexter Fowler, Denard Span and Gerardo Parra?

Indians Inbox: Is Cody Anderson a starter? | indians.com - Beat writer Jordan Bastian answers fan questions.

Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer, four others inducted into Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame - Local - Ohio
Also inducted - Tom Hamilton. No word on a date for Hammy's induction into KC Journalsm HoF.

Around the Horn

Qualifying offers today impact 2016 Draft | MLB.com - Three players accepted Qualifying Offers, with Colby Rasmus becoming the first in MLB history to do so.

Padres trade closer Craig Kimbrel to Red Sox - MLB - SI.com - Craig Kimbrel joins the Red Sox bullpen for 2016.

The Blue Jays agree to a two-year deal with right-hander Marco Estrada | FOX Sports - Marco Estrada impressed in his first season with Toronto in 2015.

Marco Estrada Isn’t Just a One-Year Fluke | FanGraphs Baseball - Fangraphs examines the new Estrada contract.

Reviewing the highlights from the GM meetings | FOX Sports - Rob Neyer on the highlights from the GM meetings

Jason Heyward likely to land monster contract | FOX Sports - Mediocre offensive 2015 probably won't hurt demand for 26-year-old slugger

How Did Previous Andrelton Simmonses Age? | FanGraphs Baseball - Are elite defenders likely to gain skill in offense?

Ken Griffey is the latest victim of Cooperstown’s greatest flaw | NBC SportsWorld - Everybody can agree Ken Griffey Jr. should be in the hall of fame, except for the people in charge of voting him into Cooperstown. JoePos goes off on the voting system.