Dempster and Edmonds Among 65 to File for Free Agency

Baseball’s off-season kicked into second gear on Thursday, less than 12 hours after the Phillies beat the Rays to officially end the 2008 campaign. There was a trade between the Royals and Marlins, a couple of big name players found out their options for the 2009 season would not be picked up, the Brewers named Ken Macha their new manager and 65 players filed for free agency….and four Cubs were among the players that filed on the first day full day of the Hot Stove season.

Ryan Dempster, Jim Edmonds, Chad Fox and Bobby Howry were the first of the Cubs free agents to file. Kerry Wood, Daryle Ward, Jon Lieber and Henry Blanco, if his option is not picked up, could be added to the list in the next few days. The Cubs have stated they want Ryan Dempster to return and have left the door open for Jim Edmonds as well. Indications are Edmonds could opt for retirement.

Chad Fox did not figure into the 2008 season and Bobby Howry was inconsistent at best in the third and final year of the deal he signed with the Cubs before the 2006 season. Neither Fox nor Howry figure to be in the Cubs’ future plans.

Other notable free agent filings on Thursday:

  • Jay Payton
  • Jon Garland
  • Mark Teixeira
  • Bobby Abreu
  • Ivan Rodriguez
  • Raul Ibanez
  • Milton Bradley
  • Jason Jennings
  • Brad Wilkerson
  • Juan Cruz
  • Will Ohman
  • Mark Loretta
  • Joe Beimel
  • Casey Blake
  • Derek Lowe
  • Greg Maddux
  • Manny Ramirez
  • Eric Gagne
  • Gabe Kapler
  • Ben Sheets
  • Cesar Izturis

A Complete List of the 65 Free-Agents from

Players have until November 13th to sign a new contract with their current team. After the 13th, players may negotiate and sign new deals with other organizations.

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