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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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So the cupboard could be completely bare after Floyd, meaning something must be done in free agency, even if it's bringing back Houston and Acho.
Waiters' future with the Thunder came into question when Oklahoma City acquired Orlando Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo during June's NBA draft, with the Thunder then losing Durant to the Golden State Warriors in free agency.
The second set of box and whisker plots in Figure 1 show the distribution of salaries for batters and pitchers that are eligible for free agency with multiyear contracts.
Prior to free agency, the only way players, even uncontracted players, could move between clubs was to enter either the external or internal draft or to be traded for other players, draft picks or a combination of both.
42) The WHA and NHL eventually reached a settlement in the antitrust suit in which the reserve clause was replaced by a free agency system whereby a team that lost a free agent was entitled to compensation in the form of players, draft picks or cash from the team that signed the free agent.
The paired t-tests for both hitters and pitchers show uniformly lower (and, in some cases, significantly lower) performance levels one season after filing for free agency compared to those in the contract year.
After winning three consecutive World Series, however, the cheapskate A's owner lost his team through free agency, and rebel players like Reggie Jackson went on to charge up several other contentious (and successful) clubhouses.
5) This paper tests the claim that free agency has had no effect on competitive balance.
Thus Weiler can assert with confidence that the free agency has improved our "welfare," and that the sports "product" has improved immeasurably in recent decades.
There have been eight work stoppages in the turbulent quarter century that has cradled the evolution of free agency in Major League Baseball (MLB).
Driven by free agency and exploding salaries, team owners and CEOs are manipulating the market in ways long since discredited by conventional businesses.
Major stumbling blocks to settlement were proposals dealing with free agency (the unrestricted movement of players from one team to another without a penalty to their new team), the length of the contract, a league salary cap, a rookie salary cap, and the number of rounds in the annual college draft.
the NFL, the landmark antitrust jury trial which led to the establishment of free agency in the National Football League.
But if Prince Amukamara departs in free agency, the Bears will have to go shopping, which might not be a bad idea, since there are several players who could provide an upgrade over Amukamara, a decent cover corner who makes few plays on the ball.
As the NBA draft and free agency loom, the team is eying a few possible moves that could help them compete with the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs.