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Morning Mound Visit: Kevin Gausman, Marcus Stroman accept qualifying offer

The starting pitcher market dried up awful quick.

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Brady Klopfer | McCovey Chronicles: After expressing a desire to return to San Francisco, Kevin Gausman will do just that. Gausman accepted the qualifying offer ahead of Wednesday’s deadline meaning that he’ll be a Giant for at least one more year. The scuttlebutt is that Gausman could be looking follow in José Abreu’s footsteps and sign a multi-year deal with his new orange and black home.

Vasilis Dramatilis | Amazin’ Avenue: Marcus Stroman also took himself off the free agent market yesterday when he accepted the qualifying offer from the Mets. Stroman, who suffered a calf injury and then opted out of the 2020 season, didn’t pitch at all this year, so taking a one-year deal in what will likely be a frigid market seems a wise decision.

Jay Jaffe | FanGraphs: Many of the rule changes for the 2020 season were unpopular from the get-go. Now that fans have had a chance to see these changes in action, FanGraphs is surveying its audience to see if these alterations were as bad as expected or slightly less bad than that.