DAVID ROBERTSON MAY NOT ACCEPT YANKEES OFFER…

It’s time to fire up the hot stove.

Monday marks the official beginning of baseball’s offseason as the 136 free agents are allowed to speak with – and potentially sign with – all 30 teams.

The five-day window of exclusivity is over, meaning teams may start bidding for the services of any free-agent they desire. Monday also marks the deadline to offer players a qualifying offer of $15.3 million, while players receiving the offer have one week to accept or decline.

The Yankees will extend a qualifying offer to David Robertson, though it’s unlikely the closer will accept it. A league source said no less than a half-dozen teams are interested in the righthander, who is the premier closer available and thus should command a multi-year deal.

Players that decline the qualifying offer are allowed to continue negotiating with their former team, while the team will receive draft pick compensation if the player signs elsewhere.

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