Power-hitting Jack Cust, closer Mike MacDougal, and outfielder Jonny Gomes joined an already saturated free-agent market yesterday when their teams did not offer them contracts for next season.
Righthander Chien-Ming Wang, a 19-game winner in 2006 and 2007, became a free agent when the New York Yankees let him go. Wang hasn't been the same since injuring his right foot in June 2008.
Teams can re-sign players they let go, and the rule limiting salary cuts to 20 percent does not apply after they become free.
The Boston Red Sox let go outfielder Brian Anderson, and the Seattle Mariners declined a contract to outfielder Ryan Langerhans.
Others who were let go included Atlanta outfielder Ryan Church and second baseman Kelly Johnson; and Mets pitcher Tim Redding and outfielders Jeremy Reed and Cory Sullivan.
Among the players who had surgery, Cubs lefthander Neal Cotts, Milwaukee righthander Mark DiFelice, and Washington lefthander Scott Olsen were let go. DiFelice wasn't eligible for arbitration.
Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro agreed to a $2.1 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. The Rays also reached one-year deals with righthander Lance Cormier ($1.2 million) and lefty Randy Choate ($700,000).