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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.
AMERICAN LEAGUE 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. NATIONAL LEAGUE 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 Pierre, 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 Martin, lhp. 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.