Alomar, Bautista come off retired list
Alomar, a 12-time All-Star, was just 276 hits shy of 3,000 when he retired on March 19, during spring training. The 37-year-old second baseman, who had signed a $600,000, one-year contract with Tampa Bay, filed for free agency to preserve future options rather than with the specific intent of playing next year, agent Jaime Torres said.
Bautista, a 33-year-old outfielder, hit .286 with 11 homers and 65 RBIss for Arizona in 2004 and announced his retirement the same day as Alomar. Tampa Bay had given him a $1.9 million, one-year contract.
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