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Bay, Holliday file for free agency

Abreu re-signs with the Angels

Updated: November 5, 2009, 11:05 PM ET
By ESPN.com news services

It didn't take long for Jason Bay to file for free agency. He did so even before the Yankees' held their ticker-tape parade.

Bay, a key piece to the Red Sox' offseason plans, was among 79 players to file for free agency Thursday, the first possible day.

Also filing were outfielder Matt Holliday, a possible replacement for Bay should he not re-sign with Boston, and reliever Billy Wagner, who finished the season with the Red Sox.

One outfielder who won't hit the market is Bobby Abreu, who agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract to stay with the Los Angeles Angels.

"I really feel happy here with Los Angeles," Abreu said. "I really enjoy to play for them, and I think when they started with the conversation for the contract and we didn't have any problems back and forth, it was a nice negotiation. It was no problem to stay and come back with the Angels."

Abreu hit .293 with 15 homers, 103 RBIs, 30 steals and 94 walks as Los Angeles won the AL West and advanced to the AL Championship Series.

Others who filed include pitchers John Lackey and John Smoltz, and first baseman Carlos Delgado.

Mark Kotsay agreed to a $1.5 million contract to remain with the Chicago White Sox rather than become eligible for free agency. The 33-year-old infielder and outfielder hit .278 with four homers and 23 RBIs in 67 games combined with the Red Sox and White Sox.

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