Free Agent Signings
Free Agency for players on the 40-man roster


Free agency came about in 1976 when 244 players refused to sign contracts and opted for, at season’s end, the right to participate in a re-entry draft. That draft took place in New York on November 4. Clubs were permitted to select players with whom they could negotiate. There was no compensation for clubs who lost players in this draft. In later years, the draft was abolished and compensation was required.


Other than signing their own players who had opted for free agency, and free agent players signed after being released by Toronto, the following players signed and we’re placed at minimum on the 40-man roster:

Year Player Signed From
1978 Luis Gomez ATLANTA BRAVES
1984 Dennis Lamp CHICAGO WHITE SOX
1985 Gary Allenson BOSTON RED SOX
1989 Bob Brenly SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Tom Lawless ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
1991 Ken Dayley ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
1991 Pat Tabler NEW YORK METS
1992 Jack Morris MINNESOTA TWINS
Dave Winfield CALIFORNIA ANGELS
Alfredo Griffin LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Kent Anderson CALIFORNIA ANGELS
Eric Plunk NEW YORK YANKEES
1993 Dick Schofield CALIFORNIA ANGELS
Dave Stewart OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Paul Molitor MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Darnell Coles CINCINNATI REDS
Danny Cox PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Tony Castillo NEW YORK METS
1994 Greg Cadaret KANSAS CITY ROYALS
1995 Danny Darwin BOSTON RED SOX
Candy Maldonado TEXAS RANGERS
1996 Erik Hanson BOSTON RED SOX
Otis Nixon TEXAS RANGERS
Charlie O’Brien ATLANTA BRAVES
Ruben Amaro CLEVELAND INDIANS
Brian Bohanon DETROIT TIGERS
Rich Rowland BOSTON RED SOX
Juan Samuel KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Frank Viola CINCINNATI REDS
1997 Benito Santiago PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Roger Clemens BOSTON RED SOX
Darrell Whitmore CHIBA LOTTE MARINES
Mike Aldrete NEW YORK YANKEES
1998 Darrin Fletcher MONTREAL EXPOS
Randy Myers BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Pat Kelly NEW YORK YANKEES
Craig Grebeck ANAHEIM ANGELS
Mike Stanley NEW YORK YANKEES
Tony Fernandez CLEVELAND INDIANS
Phil Plantier ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Jose Canseco OAKLAND ATHLETICS
1999 Joey Cora CLEVELAND INDIANS
Mike Matheny MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Willie Greene BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Cecil Fielder CLEVELAND INDIANS
Mark Dalesandro CHICAGO CUBS
Geronimo Berroa DETROIT TIGERS
2000 Frank Castillo PITTSBURGH PIRATES
2001 Jason Dickson ANAHEIM ANGELS
Jeff Frye COLORADO ROCKIES
Trenidad Hubbard BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Dan Plesac ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Ryan Thompson NEW YORK YANKEES
Marty Cordova BOSTON RED SOX
Year Player Signed From
2002 Dave Berg FLORIDA MARLINS
2003 Mike Bordick BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Frank Catalanotto TEXAS RANGERS
Doug Creek SEATTLE MARINERS
Greg Myers OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Tanyon Sturtze TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS
Jeff Tam OAKLAND ATHLETICS
2004 Miguel Batista ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Valerio De Los Santos PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Pat Hentgen BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Kerry Ligtenberg BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Chris Gomez MINNESOTA TWINS
Terry Adams PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Corey Koskie MINNESOTA TWINS
2005 Billy Koch FLORIDA MARLINS
Scott Schoeneweis CHICAGO WHITE SOX
B.J. Ryan BALTIMORE ORIOLES
A.J. Burnett FLORIDA MARLINS
Bengie Molina LOS ANGELES ANGELS
2006 Jean Machi TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS
Matt Roney OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Frank Thomas OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Royce Clayton WASHINGTON NATIONALS
John Thomson ATLANTA BRAVES
Tomo Ohka MILWAUKEE BREWERS
2007 David Eckstein ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Rod Barajas PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
2009 Alex Gonzalez BOSTON RED SOX
John Buck KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Kevin Gregg CHICAGO CUBS
2010 Jose Molina NEW YORK YANKEES
Nick Green LOS ANGELES DODGERS
2011 Octavio Dotel COLORADO ROCKIES
Jon Rauch MINNESOTA TWINS
2012 Darren Oliver TEXAS RANGERS
Francisco Cordero CINCINNATI REDS
Rick Vandenurk BALTIMORE ORIOLES
2013 Maicer Izturis LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Melky Cabrera SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Henry Blanco ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Mark DeRosa WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Chien-Ming Wang NEW YORK YANKEES
2014 Dioner Navarro CHICAGO CUBS
2015 Russell Martin PITTSBURGH PIRATES
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