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142 players became free agents last night


Under a recent agreement, players no longer need to file for free agency. Rather, free agency-eligible players automatically became free agents as soon as the World Series ended. The MLBPA wasted absolutely no time last night telling us who those players are, issuing a press release while the Giants were still jumping around on the field (see the list of all the players below). There will be others who join the list, of course, as arbitration-eligible players are non-tendered and stuff like that happens.

Teams have only a five-day exclusive negotiating period, down from the 15 days of years past, so there won’t be much time to breathe before the hot stove news starts up hot and heavy. Lucky for you none of us here at HBT have lives, so we’ll be on the news and rumors like white on rice. Make sure to keep an HBT window up at all times between now and, oh, February, because we’ll have the latest stuff up faster than just about anyone.

Here are the free agent-eligibles. Some of them -- like Bronson Arroyo, for example -- have options and may be off the list soon. Most of them, however, will be coming to a new team near you in the next several months.

Troy Glaus1BBraves
Eric HinskeOFBraves
Derrek Lee1BBraves
Kris BensonPDiamondbacks
Mike HamptonPDiamondbacks
Aaron HeilmanPDiamondbacks
Rodrigo LopezPDiamondbacks
Brandon WebbPDiamondbacks
Cesar IzturisSSOrioles
Julio Lugo2BOrioles
Kevin MillwoodPOrioles
Corey PattersonOFOrioles
Koji UeharaPOrioles
Ty Wigginton1BOrioles
Mike Lowell1BRed Sox
Victor MartinezCRed Sox
Jason VaritekCRed Sox
Xavier NadyOFCubs
Willie BloomquistOFReds
Miguel Cairo3BReds
Jim EdmondsOFReds
Michael LincolnPReds
Arthur RhodesPReds
Ramon HernandezCReds
Russ SpringerPReds
Joe BeimelPRockies
Jorge de la RosaPRockies
Octavio DotelPRockies
Jason Giambi1BRockies
Melvin Mora3BRockies
Jay PaytonOFRockies
Freddy GarciaPWhite Sox
Andruw JonesOFWhite Sox
Paul Konerko1BWhite Sox
Mark KotsayDHWhite Sox
A.J. PierzynskiCWhite Sox
J.J. PutzPWhite Sox
Omar Vizquel3BWhite Sox
Jeremy BondermanPTigers
Johnny DamonDHTigers
Gerald LairdCTigers
Magglio OrdonezOFTigers
Bobby SeayPTigers
Will OhmanPMarlins
Jorge SosaPMarlins
Chad Tracy3BMarlins
Geoff BlumSSAstros
Brian MoehlerPAstros
Bruce ChenPRoyals
Hideki MatsuiDHAngels
Scot ShieldsPAngels
Brad AusmusCDodgers
Rod BarajasCDodgers
Jay GibbonsOFDodgers
Reed JohnsonOFDodgers
Hiroki KurodaPDodgers
Vicente PadillaPDodgers
Manny RamirezOFWhite Sox
Jeff WeaverPDodgers
David BushPBrewers
Chris CapuanoPBrewers
Craig CounsellSSBrewers
Jesse CrainPTwins
Randy FloresPTwins
Brian FuentesPTwins
Matt GuerrierPTwins
Orlando Hudson2BTwins
Ron MahayPTwins
Carl PavanoPTwins
Nick Punto3BTwins
Jon RauchPTwins
Jim ThomeDHTwins
Henry BlancoCMets
Elmer DessensPMets
Kelvim EscobarPMets
Pedro FelicianoPMets
Fernando Tatis1BMets
Lance Berkman1BYankees
Derek JeterSSYankees
Nick Johnson1BYankees
Austin KearnsOFYankees
Chad MoellerCYankees
Andy PettittePYankees
Mariano RiveraPYankees
Marcus ThamesOFYankees
Javier VazquezPYankees
Kerry WoodPYankees
Justin DuchschererPAthletics
Ben SheetsPAthletics
Jose ContrerasPPhillies
Chad DurbinPPhillies
J.C. RomeroPPhillies
Mike SweeneyDHPhillies
Jayson WerthOFPhillies
Chan Ho ParkPPirates
David Eckstein2BPadres
Jerry Hairston Jr.SSPadres
Matt StairsOFPadres
Miguel Tejada3BPadres
Yorvit TorrealbaCPadres
Kevin CorreiaPPadres
Josh BardCMariners
Chris WoodwardSSMariners
Jamey WrightPMariners
Pat BurrellOFGiants
Jose GuillenDHGiants
Aubrey Huff1BGiants
Guillermo MotaPGiants
Juan UribeSSGiants
Pedro Feliz3BCardinals
Jason LaRueCCardinals
Mike MacDougalPCardinals
Aaron Miles2BCardinals
Brad PennyPCardinals
Dennys ReyesPCardinals
Jeff SuppanPCardinals
Jake WestbrookPCardinals
Randy WinnOFCardinals
Rocco BaldelliOFRays
Grant BalfourPRays
Joaquin BenoitPRays
Randy ChoatePRays
Carl CrawfordOFRays
Brad HawpeOFRays
Gabe KaplerOFRays
Carlos Pena1BRays
Chad QuallsPRays
Rafael SorianoPRays
Jorge Cantu3BRangers
Frank FranciscoPRangers
Cristian Guzman2BRangers
Cliff LeePRangers
Bengie MolinaCRangers
Matt TreanorCRangers
John BuckCBlue Jays
Scott DownsPBlue Jays
Jason FrasorPBlue Jays
Lyle Overbay1BBlue Jays
Miguel BatistaPNationals
Adam Dunn1BNationals
Willie HarrisOFNationals
Kevin MenchOFNationals
Rick AnkielOFBraves
Kyle FarnsworthPBraves
Alex GonzalezSSBraves
Omar Infante2BBraves
Adam LaRoche1BDiamondbacks
Mark HendricksonPOrioles
Adrian Beltre3BRed Sox
Bill HallOFRed Sox
Felipe Lopez3BRed Sox
David OrtizDHRed Sox
Aramis Ramirez3BCubs
Bronson ArroyoRHPReds
Orlando CabreraSSReds
Aaron HarangPReds
Jeff FrancisPRockies
Miguel OlivoCRockies
Jhonny Peralta3BTigers
Scott PodsednikOFDodgers
Doug DavisPBrewers
Trevor HoffmanPBrewers
Gregg ZaunCBrewers
Jose ReyesSSMets
Eric ChavezDHAthletics
Coco CrispOFAthletics
Mark Ellis2BAthletics
Jon GarlandPPadres
Chris YoungPPadres
Erik BedardPMariners
Russell Branyan1BMariners
Edgar RenteriaSSGiants
Dan WheelerPRays
Vladimir GuerreroDHRangers
Kevin GreggPBlue Jays
Adam Kennedy2BNationals