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Orioles non-tender three

Orioles non-tender three

Workhorse reliever Todd Williams and popular utilityman David Newhan were among three Orioles not tendered contract offers by the club at Tuesday's deadline, making them free agents eligible to negotiate with any of the 30 Major League teams.

Also not getting the offer of a 2007 contract was right-hander Aaron Rakers, who pitched in 13 games for Baltimore from 2004-05 but did not appear with the Orioles last season.

Williams, a 35-year-old righty, led the Orioles' staff with 62 appearances in 2006. He had a 2-4 record with one save and an ERA of 4.74 in his third season with Baltimore.

Newhan, 33, has also spent parts of the last three seasons with the Orioles. Last season, he battled back from a broken leg suffered in April to finish the season with a .252 average while playing all three outfield positions and at first base.

Being non-tendered removed the three players from the Orioles' 40-man roster, which thus stands at 39 with the addition of newly signed outfielder Jay Payton.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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