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free agent

1. A professional, especially an athlete, who is able to enter a contract with any organization without restrictions. The star quarterback will be a free agent when his contract ends after the season, and everyone expects him to sign with whatever team offers the most money.
2. By extension, a person who has no limitations placed on him or her by others, either professionally or socially. I just broke up with my girlfriend, so I'm a free agent again!
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free agent

1. A person not under compulsion or constraint, not responsible to any authority for his or her actions. For example, After he quit his job, he decided to pursue the same line of work as a free agent. Originally used to describe a person subject to the philosophic concept of free will (as opposed to determinism), this expression was first recorded in 1662. Later it was extended to mean "someone not under obligation to an authority."
2. A professional athlete who is free to sign a contract with any team. For example, After he was released from the Yankees, he was a free agent and could shop around for the team that offered the most money . [Second half of 1900s]
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He, too, gave me the impression that he was not a free agent, as we talked I began to see that he was mentally superior to the average of his kind.
But as I was saying, no one to-day is a free agent.
In the deal, first reported by ESPN, Bailey gives the Red Sox a reliable ninth-inning guy to replace the departed Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a $50 million, four-year contract as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies in November.
After all, a player without the potential to change a division to some extent--that is, make his team more likely to win said division--would not be one that commands a multi-year deal as a free agent or a bounty of prospects in a trade.
The 29-year-old, a free agent in the summer, has opened talks about an end-of-season move.
Signing Thomas as a free agent was considered a risk since the slugger had barely played the past twoseasons because of ankle injuries.
The 29-year-old Holliday can be a free agent at the end of the 2009 season, and his current deal pays him $13.
Zito is a free agent and will not be back next year.
Well, the Angels have shown a penchant to be a playoff regular, too, and if Zito signed as a free agent in the offseason, he might have a carpool to join.
And with the acquisition of Finley, the team won't miss the offense it lost when third baseman Troy Glaus became a free agent.
Perez update: Both DePodesta and manager Jim Tracy said they hope to retain left-hander Odalis Perez, a free agent whose market value probably increases each time an elite free-agent pitcher such as David Wells, who signed with Boston, or Russ Ortiz, who signed with Arizona, is taken off the market.
Louis for Drew, who'll earn $5 million this year before becoming a free agent after next season, that's a potential savings of $25 million.
Tejada, Oakland's shortstop, will be a free agent after this season, and with Angels owner Arte Moreno determined to get better and willing to up the payroll to do so, Moreno could do worse than augment his team with the 2002 American League MVP.
Standing at the batting cage before Game 3 at the Oakland Coliseum, Henderson announced to the world and his Oakland A's teammates that he would be returning to the New York Yankees as a free agent the next season.