Manfred says free agents on market due to supply vs demand

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BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) The large number of free agents still looking for jobs with spring training under way is due to supply and demand, according to baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.

Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said in early February he was disappointed so many players still were searching for teams.

Manfred says ''It's been a long time since I took Economic 101, but my recollection is that when you have a lot of supply in relation to relatively fixed demand, the market's going to operate differently than one might expect. So it's not a surprise to me, given the size of the class.''

Among the players still seeking jobs are pitcher Yovani Gallardo, shortstop Ian Desmond and outfielder Dexter Fowler, who all turned down $15.8 million qualifying offers from their former teams in November.