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Kent, Maddux file for free agency

October 30, 2002

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— Jeff Kent filed for free agency Tuesday, two days after the San Francisco Giants lost to Anaheim in Game 7 of the World Series.

Atlanta's Greg Maddux, winner of four NL Cy Young Awards, was also among the 32 players who filed on the second day of the 15-day filing period. Among others filing were New York Yankees third baseman Robin Ventura, Boston outfielder Rickey Henderson and Seattle first baseman John Olerud.

Of the 180 players potentially eligible, 102 already have filed. While they can speak with all teams, they cannot discuss contract terms with new teams until Nov. 13. Until then, they may negotiate only with their former clubs.

Kent, a 34-year-old second baseman who was the NL MVP in 2000, hit .313 with 37 homers and 108 RBIs this season.

Also Tuesday, Colorado exercised a $3 million option on right-hander Todd Jones, who had been eligible for free agency.

Three players filed for free agency Tuesday after teams declined their options: Philadelphia right-hander Terry Adams ($5.4 million), Seattle right-hander James Baldwin ($4 million) and Oakland catcher Greg Myers ($1.1 million).

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