Roberto Alomar, Guillen file

Updated: October 30, 2003, 8:13 PM ET
SportsTicker

NEW YORK -- Roberto Alomar and Jose Guillen, whose careers are headed in opposite directions, topped the list of major league players who filed for free agency Thursday.

Twenty-six players filed, bringing the total to 175 since the period began September 26.

Alomar finished last season with the Chicago White Sox, who ended his miserable stint with the New York Mets with a midseason trade. The 35-year-old switch-hitter batted a combined .258 with five home runs and 39 RBI in 140 games.

Although he is a future Hall of Famer and one of the best fielding second basemen in history, Alomar is on the downside of his career, hitting .266 and .258 the last two years.

Alomar, who was paid nearly $8 million in 2003, is a lifetime .301 hitter with 206 home runs, 1,110 RBI and 474 stolen bases. He is a 12-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner.

Guillen came out of nowhere to have a huge season in 2003, combining to hit .311 with 31 homers and 86 RBI with Cincinnati and Oakland. He received extended playing time with the Reds after Ken Griffey Jr. was injured, then was shipped to the Athletics.

Guillen, who has one of the best outfield arms in baseball, never hit better than .274 or totaled more than 14 homers in parts of six major league seasons. The 27-year-old began his career with Pittsburgh before being demoted to the minors.

Among those also filing Thursday were Chicago Cubs outfielder Kenny Lofton, San Francisco Giants outfielder Jose Cruz. Jr., Tampa Bay Devil Rays shortstop Rey Ordonez and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Tony Batista.

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