Unhappy Halloween! Dodgers Sign Barry Bonds?

Looking for a scary story for Halloween to go along with the early player free agent list, we probably raised the collective blood pressure of the Dodger Nation. We could say we are sorry, but that's what the 31st of October is all about.

The frightening Bonds-signing scenario would be worse than Freddy vs Jason III, with the two slashing away to reach the finals against the Mummy-Creature of the Dark Lagoon winner, with Dracula the ring announcer, Dr. Frankenstein the fight official, Janet Leigh in a bloody shower curtain as the ring girl, Bela Lugois and Boris Karloff taking tickets, Jeffrey Daumer the men's room attendant, two sweet old ladies serving poisoned tea between rounds and the finals held in a macabre castle dungeon in Transylvania.

Now back to our regular program.

Nomar Garciaparra was among first players to file for free agency on the first day allowed under Major League Baseball's labor agreement.

Also filing were Frank Thomas, Cliff Floyd, Orlando Hernandez and Steve Trachsel of the New York Mets, Darin Erstad of the Los Angeles Angels and Luis Gonzalez of Arizona. No members of the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals or American League-champion Detroit filed yet.

Garciaparra was voted as the NL comeback player of the year after hitting .303 with 20 homers and 93 RBI for the Los Angeles Dodgers and making his sixth All-Star appearance. The former AL batting champion had played in just 143 games the previous two seasons because of injuries.

Other Dodgers filing were Julio Lugo, ss and Ramon E. Martinez, 2b.

It has been rumored the Dodgers were interested in Washington's Alfonso Soriano and San Francisco pitcher Jason Schmidt.

Moved from second base to the outfield by the Nationals, the 30-year-old Soriano batted .277 with 46 homers, 95 RBI and 41 steals. He is one of only four players with 40 homers and 40 stolen bases in the same season. He made $10 million this year after losing in salary arbitration having asked for $12 million.

Schmidt's $10 million option for 2006 was exercised by the Giants, but knew they might lose him as a free agent this offseason. The 33-year-old right-hander seemed ready for a change of scenery from San Francisco, which has endured two straight losing seasons and three in a row out of the playoffs.

Players can file through Nov. 11, and free agents can talk money with all teams beginning the following day.

The list of players who have filed for free agency.

BALTIMORE (3) -- Chris Gomez, ss; 
Russ Ortiz, rhp; Chris Widger.

BOSTON (3) -- Gabe Kapler, of; Doug 
Mirabelli, c; Trot Nixon, of.

CHICAGO (2) -- Sandy Alomar Jr., c; 
David Riske, rhp.

KANSAS CITY (1) -- Doug Mientkiewicz, 1b.

LOS ANGELES (3) -- Darin Erstad, c; 
Adam Kennedy, 2b; J.C. Romero, lhp.

MINNESOTA (3) -- Phil Nevin, 1b; 
Shannon Stewart, of; Rondell White, of.

NEW YORK (3) -- Miguel Cairo, 2b; Octavio 
Dotel, rhp; Craig Wilson, of.

OAKLAND (2) -- Jay Payton, of; Frank 
Thomas, 1b.

SEATTLE (1) -- Gil Meche, rhp.

TEXAS (5) -- Rod Barajas, c; Mark DeRosa, 
ss; Adam Eaton, rhp; Gary Matthews Jr., 
of; Eric Young, 2b.

TORONTO (3) -- Frank Catalanotto, of; 
Ted Lilly, lhp; Justin Speier, rhp.


ARIZONA (1) -- Luis Gonzalez, of.

ATLANTA (4) -- Danys Baez, rhp; Todd 
Pratt, c; John Thomson, rhp; Daryle 
Ward, 1b.

CHICAGO (3) -- Henry Blanco, c; Juan 
of; Kerry Wood, rhp.

CINCINNATI (4) -- Royce Clayton, ss; 
Todd Hollandsworth, of; Jason Johnson, 
rhp; David Weathers, rhp.

COLORADO (2) -- c-Ray King, lhp; Tom 

FLORIDA (4) -- Joe Borowski, rhp; Wes 
Helms, 3b; Matt Herges, rhp; Brian 
Moehler, rhp.

HOUSTON (1) -- Aubrey Huff, 3b.

LOS ANGELES (3) -- Nomar Garciaparra, 1b; 
Julio Lugo, ss; Ramon E. Martinez, 2b.

MILWAUKEE (3) -- Jeff Cirillo, 3b; 
Tony Graffanino, 2b; Tomo Ohka, rhp.

NEW YORK (7) -- Cliff Floyd, of; 
Orlando Hernandez, rhp; Ricky Ledee, 
of; Steve Trachsel, rhp; Michael 
Tucker, rf; Jose Valentin, 2b; 
Chris Woodward, ss.

PHILADELPHIA (5) -- Aaron Fultz, lhp; 
Mike Lieberthal, c; Arthur Rhodes, 
lhp; Rick White, rhp; Randy Wolf, lhp.

PITTSBURGH (1) -- Joe Randa, 3b.

ST. LOUIS (1) -- Gary Bennett, c;

SAN DIEGO (6) -- Geoff Blum, 3b; Alan 
Embree, lhp; Shawn Estes, lhp; Dave 
Roberts, of; Rudy Seanez, rhp; Todd 
Walker, 2b.

SAN FRANCISCO (7) -- Moises Alou, rf; 
Barry Bonds, lf; Todd Greene, c; Shea 
Hillenbrand, 1b; Steve Kline, lhp; 
Jason Schmidt, rhp; Mike Stanton, lhp.

WASHINGTON (2) -- Tony Armas Jr., rhp; 
Alfonso Soriano, 2b.