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Deadline for Free Agency Extended

BASEBALL DAILY REPORT : LABOR

October 30, 1996|ROSS NEWHAN

The baseball owners' player relations committee reached a provisional agreement with the players' union that allows 12 additional players to file for free agency during the current filing period.

They will be eligible if owners approve a labor agreement that includes restoration of service time for the 75 regular-season days they were on strike in 1994-95.

The filing period, which began Sunday, normally covers 15 days but it has been extended through Nov. 14 to give owners more time to reach a decision on the pending labor agreement. Owners are expected to meet in Chicago next Monday or Wednesday to vote on the deal.

Among the 12 players who will be eligible for free agency if the agreement is approved: Chicago White Sox pitcher Alex Fernandez, Montreal outfielder Moises Alou and relief pitcher Mel Rojas, Boston infielder Tim Naehring and Oakland shortstop Mike Bordick.

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