Originally created 11/05/99

Seven more file for free agency



NEW YORK -- The seven players from the weakest free-agent class in years filed Thursday, increasing the total to 89 with one week remaining.

Cincinnati Reds backup first baseman Hal Morris, who had been eligible, agreed to a $500,000, one-year contract, a raise of $50,000.

The seven who filed were Cleveland left-hander Paul Assenmacher, Indians right-hander Dwight Gooden, St. Louis outfielder Thomas Howard, Boston designated hitter Reggie Jefferson, Milwaukee right-hander Eric Plunk, Detroit outfielder Luis Polonia and Minnesota catcher Terry Steinbach.

Approximately 135 players are eligible to file before the Nov. 11 deadline, including several who are awaiting decisions from their teams on options for next season.