NEW YORK, N.Y. - Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera has decided to test free agency.For the third straight year, baseballs free agents shunned qualifying offers from their former teams and chose to test the market.Cabrera was one of 12 players that decided not to accept a US$15.3 million offer by Mondays 5 p.m. EST deadline.World Series star Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco) also let the deadline pass, as did pitcher Max Scherzer and first baseman-designated hitter Victor Martinez (Detroit), and left-hander Francisco Liriano and Canadian catcher Russell Martin (Pittsburgh).The others were shortstop Hanley Ramirez (Los Angeles Dodgers), outfielder Nelson Cruz (Baltimore), right-hander James Shields (Kansas City), closer David Robertson (New York Yankees), and pitcher Ervin Santana (Atlanta).One of the dozen, Colorado outfielder Michael Cuddyer, became the first major free agent to switch teams when he agreed to a US$21 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets.Cabrera originally signed a two-year, US$16 million contract with Toronto in 2012 after serving a 50-game suspension for PED use while a member of the San Francisco Giants.Last season he batted .301 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs in 139 games before a broken finger ended his year in early September.In 10 big-league seasons, the 30-year-old has suited up for five teams, including the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Giants and Blue Jays.In the three offseasons of the current collective bargaining agreement, none of the 34 qualifying offers have been accepted.Players offered the qualifying offer carefully considered their options and decided to pursue further free agency rather than accept a $15.3 million contract in a market that should be robust given the economic health of the game, union head Tony Clark said in an email. 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TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie both reported Thursday that there have been ongoing trade discussions between the Oilers and Los Angeles Kings over forward Sam Gagner.The countdown to the Mar. 5 Trade Deadline is on. As NHL teams return to business and teams decide on whether to buy or sell, check out the latest trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow TSN.ca right through Deadline Day for all the updates. On The Mark(ov)? According to Tony Marinaro of TSN Radio 690, the Montreal Canadiens have offered a one-year, $6 million contract to defenceman Andrei Markov. Marinaro adds that Markov, an unrestricted free agent at seasons end, is seeking a three-year deal while general manager Marc Bergevin wants to go one year at a time. Leafs Looking? TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger told TSN Radio 1050 on Tuesday that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis is rumoured to be looking for a top four defenceman. Dreger reports that The Maple Leafs are only interested in hockey moves and would probably prefer to stay away from a rental player. Dreger adds theres still the possibility that a Jake Gardiner type of trade occurs - but only if the rate of return is acceptable. Nothing Too Big As Mike Zeisberger of The Toronto Sun adds, Nonis is not looking at making a splash ahead of the Mar. 5 trade deadline. "I dont anticipate us making any major moves," Nonis told The Sun. "And I definitely dont see us getting involved in a rent-a-player transaction that sees us move resources for someone we only have for a handful of weeks." Nonis added that while hes not closing the door completely on a major deal, it would have to be one thats too good to pass up. "Youre always looking to get better," he said. ";But it has to be a hockey deal.dddddddddddd It has to make sense long term while helping us now as well." Another Flame On The Block? With pending UFAs Michael Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak already mentioned on the block, Scott Cruickshank of The Calgary Herald says the Flames would like to deal Shane OBrien. The veteran blueliner has a $2 million cap hit tha runs through next season. Blue line help in Philly? Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com writes that the Philadelphia Flyers will need an impact defenceman if they want to make the playoffs, thinking that a player like Andrew MacDonald of the New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets blueliner Dustin Byfuglien, Nick Schultz of the Oilers, Calgarys Dennis Wideman and Dallas Stars defenceman Trevor Daley could be a fit. Waiting On Erat Washington Capitals GM George McPhee will be asking disgruntled forward Martin Erat again if he wants to be traded. "I dont think thats going to change," McPhee told Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.com. "Ill talk to him when he gets back and if he still wants to be traded, well try to accommodate him. "Its been a difficult year with transactions. Had this been a typical year we might have been able to move him within weeks of his request, but that wasnt the case this year." (The Other) Subban in Play? With Bostons goaltending set with Tuukka Rask for years to come, Stephen Harris of The Boston Herald thinks prospect Malcolm Subban could be, a very valuable chip in a possible trade if he can land a player which helps the Bruins win the Stanley Cup again. ' ' '