Hiroki Kuroda, Rafael Soriano and Nick Swisher all turned down qualifying offers yesterday, a result the Yankees were prepared for.

"I'm not surprised whatsoever," general manager Brian Cashman said of the players' decisions before leaving the General Manager's meetings in Indian Wells, Calif. "I expected it."

The Yankees made the one-year, $13.3 million offers last week to ensure draft compensation — most likely a first-round pick — if any of the three free agents sign elsewhere. None of the nine players around the majors who received qualifying offers accepted.

Kuroda and Soriano still could be interested in staying in The Bronx, either for more years or more money — or both.

Swisher, though, appears to be headed out of town. His consistent offensive numbers will help him draw plenty of interest from other teams, despite having been unable to hit in the postseason since joining the Yankees.

Cashman said he was not discouraged by the news of the refusals, though he now faces an offseason in which he may have to find replacements at the top of the rotation, back end of the bullpen and in right field — among other needs.

"I'm excited about the opportunities we have," Cashman said. "I like the fact that we can continue dialogue with everybody that we would like to and still be in a position to gain draft picks as a worst-case scenario, which would benefit our farm system as we move forward."