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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free agency noun

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Next winter's class of free agent starters is notably thin beyond Astros ace Gerrit Cole. Dave Sheinin,, "Why this MLB trade deadline was so boring," 2 Aug. 2019 The Orlando Magic have signed rookies DaQuan Jeffries and Vic Law to Exhibit 10 contracts, and also completed their two-way deal with free agent Amile Jefferson. Roy Parry,, "Magic sign DaQuan Jeffries, Vic Law to Exhibit 10 contracts, finalize two-way deal with Amile Jefferson," 30 July 2019 When Okung missed minicamp, starting right tackle Sam Tevi switched sides and second-year, undrafted free agent Trent Scott moved into Tevi’s spot. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers will open training camp minus Melvin Gordon and Russell Okung," 24 July 2019 His venture into the unrestricted free agent market yielded forward Valtteri Filppula, defenseman Patrik Nemeth and goaltender Calvin Pickard. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Red Wings have fared in free agency over the years: Hits and misses," 22 July 2019 The Falcons signed Jones to a five-year contract extension worth $71,256,045 in 2015, and he isn't scheduled to become a free agent for two more seasons. Mark Inabinett |, al, "What does Julio Jones mean to the Atlanta Falcons?," 22 July 2019 Machado is an incredibly talented player and is set to hit the free agent market this winter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Manny Machado blasts MLB Network analysts in Instagram post," 17 July 2019 Both the league and its players agree that a NBA-style free agent bonanza would be a giant step toward attracting the eyeballs baseball craves. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "How NBA Free Agency Dunked on Baseball," 9 July 2019 The Lakers pivoted once again after seeing their big-time free-agent pursuit, Kawhi Leonard, go to the Clippers and have agreed to a deal with free agent Quinn Cook. Broderick Turner,, "Lakers sign Quinn Cook to two-year deal," 6 July 2019

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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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