DETROIT — Players no longer have to file for free agency. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, those eligible become free agents when the World Series ends.
Players hit the open market at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.
That group includes Aaron Cook, James Loney, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Vicente Padilla, Scott Podsednik, David Ortiz and Cody Ross.
The Red Sox are making progress on a multi-year deal with Ortiz. Whether he signs before Saturday is probably not that significant. He wants to stay with the team and the team wants him to stay. It’s just a matter of when something gets done.
The Sox also have said they would like to retain Ross. But he could explore what opportunities are out there for him.
Clubs have until Saturday to make qualifying offers to their free agents.