Five Marlins set for free agency

MIAMI — The procedural stage of free agency is officially underway.

On Thursday, the MLB Players Association released its complete list of 147 free agents who qualify under Article XX B of the Basic Agreement.

Five members of the 2013 Marlins are listed — OF Matt Diaz, OF Austin Kearns, OF Juan Pierre, 3B Placido Polanco and right-hander Chad Qualls.

Each team has five days to exclusively negotiate with its free agents. But the Marlins are not expected to reach agreement with any of the five in that time frame.

The most likely candidate to come to a deal in five-day window is Qualls, who has expressed an interest to return. The Marlins also have had interest in retaining the veteran reliever.

As of 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday, free agents are eligible to negotiate and sign with any club.

Joe Frisaro

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