free agent


Definition of free agent

: a professional athlete (such as a baseball player) who is free to negotiate a contract with any team

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The New York Mets have agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "AP source: Wilson Ramos, Mets agree to $19M, 2-year deal," 16 Dec. 2018 Check out how your team spent their free agent money the last three years below. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The NBA’s Billion-Dollar Bear Market," 31 July 2018 Because of the one-year term of the deal and Ellington's status as a Bird Rights free agent next summer, his contract comes with a no-trade clause, requiring his permission for a move during the 2018-19 season. Ira Winderman,, "Wayne Ellington agrees to return to Miami Heat on one-year deal," 13 July 2018 Shopping on a budget Under former team president Stan Van Gundy and general manager Jeff Bower, the Pistons overpaid for mid-tier free agents routinely. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons addition of Glenn Robinson III bolsters wing depth," 2 July 2018 Hezonja, an unrestricted free agent, was determined to go to a team that could offer him major minutes — something the Magic were not willing to do given their crowded frontcourt. Josh Robbins,, "Mario Hezonja agrees to sign with New York Knicks," 2 July 2018 Stephenson, who became an unrestricted free agent this week after the team declined his option, shot just 28.9 percent from 3. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Breaking down Pacers' decision to open free agency by signing journeyman Doug McDermott," 1 July 2018 Orlando free agent Mario Hezonja will be a top target. Jason Jones, sacbee, "A hole at small forward, young talents and trades: Kings have options in free agency," 28 June 2018 In addition to James and Leonard, the Lakers are also expected to pursue Oklahoma City free agent Paul George. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "New plan: Spurs now fielding calls on Kawhi," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of free agent

1955, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of free agent

: a person who is able to act freely without being controlled by someone else

: a professional athlete (such as a baseball player) who is free to sign a contract to play for any team

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