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Out in the cold

Rhode Island's Rocco Baldelli still waiting for the free-agent landscape to thaw

Updated: January 26, 2010, 5:03 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Like millions of other American job seekers, Rocco Baldelli takes comfort in his routines. Every Sunday, he heads to one of the local diners and orders a hearty breakfast with a side order of solitude. Maybe he'll kill time text-messaging with friends, or take a deep breath, gaze out the window and ruminate on life in general.

"It's my alone time,'' Baldelli said. "Sometimes I'll just eat and then vegetate for a while.''

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