On the market
Bonds, Giambi lead list of 104 to file for free agency
Posted: Monday November 05, 2001 7:12 PM
Updated: Monday November 05, 2001 10:29 PM
Barry Bonds received the Commissioner's Historic Achievement award before Game 1 of the World Series. Jed Jacobsohn/Allsport
NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Home run king Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants and Jason Giambi of the Oakland Athletics were among a whopping 104 players to file for free agency Monday.
Eligible free agents were able to officially file following the conclusion of the World Series, which ended Sunday night when the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees.
Those players will have 15 days to formally file for free agency, at which point they can sign with new teams.
Bonds hit 73 homers to break Mark McGwire's single-season record of 70. The superstar left fielder also hit .328 and drove in 137 runs.
Giambi, a strong contender to win his second straight Most Valuable Player Award, hit .342 with 38 homers and 120 RBI to help the Athletics to a wild-card berth. The first baseman was joined on Monday by outfielder Johnny Damon, who hit just .256 with 49 RBI in his first season in Oakland.
Other free agents expected to receive lucrative deals include Houston Astros outfielder Moises Alou and Cleveland Indians outfielder Juan Gonzalez, both of whom filed Monday.
The only members of the Diamondbacks to file on the first day were pitchers Mike Mohler and Bobby Witt, but several prominent members of the Yankees joined the list.
First baseman Tino Martinez and third baseman Scott Brosius, who hit game-tying ninth-inning homers in Games 4 and 5 of the World Series, respectively, filed along with outfielder Chuck Knoblauch, infielder Randy Velarde and pitcher Mark Wohlers.
The Seattle Mariners won 116 games with the help of second baseman Bret Boone and pitcher Aaron Sele, both of whom could be playing elsewhere after filing Monday.
Others to file included Chicago White Sox pitcher David Wells, whose contract was not picked up, and future Hall of Famer Tony Gywnn, who already has announced his retirement.
Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz and outfielders Rickey Henderson of San Diego and Kenny Lofton of Cleveland were part of Monday's contingent.
Last year's free agent class included Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Mike Hampton and Mike Mussina, all of whom found new homes.
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