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Three Braves file for free agency

Three Braves file for free agency

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Greg Norton, Will Ohman and Julian Tavarez filed for free agency on Thursday, the first day that eligible players could officially declare their intentions to test the market.

Norton, a switch-hitting utility man who has played every position except center field, catcher and pitcher throughout his 12-year career, started off the season with the Mariners and went on to appear in 111 games for the Braves. The 36-year-old hit .246 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs while in an Atlanta uniform.

Ohman, a left-handed reliever, was in his first season with the Braves after spending his first five years with the Cubs. The 31-year-old made a career-high 83 appearances for Atlanta this season, going 4-1 with a 3.68 ERA while being used mostly in the seventh and eighth inning.

Tavarez signed with the Braves -- his third team of 2008 -- on July 8 and went on to post a 3.89 ERA in 36 appearances out of the bullpen. The 35-year-old right-hander was used mostly in a setup role toward the end of the season.

Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter with MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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