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Slow time could soon get action-packed

Some free agents have signed contracts, paving the way for many more to follow suit

Originally Published: December 11, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Is this any way to run a Hot Stove season in the middle of an economic downturn?

From the outset, it appeared that job hunting would be a challenge for major league players this winter. Combine a dip in industry revenues, declining attendance in 21 of the 30 markets and a weak free-agent crop, and you had the makings of what Jerry Maguire called an "up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege" for agents.

But three weeks after the free-agent filing deadline, a different picture ...

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