Free Agents Total at 129
NEW YORK (AP) _ San Diego reliever Randy Myers and Tampa Bay infielder Ozzie Guillen filed for free agency Thursday, leaving the total at 129 with one day remaining.
Pitcher Ricky Bones became the second player among those who filed to re-sign with his former team, agreeing to an $850,000, one-year contract with the Florida Marlins. Last week, outfielder Todd Hollandsworth agreed to $5.5 million, two-year contract with Colorado.
Under the rules of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, they are not considered free agents.
Also Thursday, Jose Canseco’s $4 million option for next year was declined by the New York Yankees, who decided to pay a $500,000 buyout.
Canseco is eligible to file Friday, as are Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden, Yankees outfielder Paul O’Neill, Seattle outfielder Jay Buhner and St. Louis first baseman Will Clark, who has said he is retiring.
Four more players could be eligible if their teams decline options for next year: Boston right-hander Rod Beck, Cleveland outfielder Kenny Lofton, Yankees outfielder Glenallen Hill and Cincinnati right-hander Pete Harnisch.
In addition, Oakland right-hander Omar Olivares must decide whether to exercise his player option, and Cincinnati outfielder Deion Sanders has a mutual option with the Reds.
Suspended Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry, in a Florida jail battling cocaine and cancer, is expected to file, too.
Free agents may start negotiating money terms of contracts with all teams starting Saturday.