New York Alex Rodriguez, expected by many to get a record-setting contract, was among 33 players who filed for free agency Monday.
Rodriguez had said for more than a year that he didn't want to talk money until after he became a free agent.
"He just wants a club that is going to consistently committed to making the team competitive every year," said the shortstop's agent, Scott Boras.
"He's been to the playoffs three times as a Mariner. But the fact is he just wants to be in a position where the club is really, really committed, where he has a chance to go to spring training every year and know his club has to win it all."