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Posted: Saturday, December 11, 2004 7:37 am | Updated: 5:27 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Just down the road from the Magic Kingdom, major league teams toyed with trades and focused on free agents as the winter meetings began Friday.

Steve Finley and Richard Hidalgo found new teams, though there were no trades announced as of mid-evening.

Finley, who started last season with the Diamondbacks and finished it with the Dodgers, moved down Interstate 5, agreeing to a $14 million, twoyear contract with the Anaheim Angels.

Finley turned down a $17 million, three-year offer from the Giants.

And the Texas Rangers agreed to a $5 million, oneyear deal with right fielder Richard Hidalgo, who split last season between Houston and the New York Mets.

As for the biggest names, agents appeared to be holding back, waiting for the market to rise even higher.

‘‘When you look at last year’s attendance growth, all those things put more money in the marketplace,’’ Mets general manager Omar Minaya said.

Carlos Beltran, Adrian Beltre, Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe are represented by Scott Boras, whose clients have not reached deals until later in the offseason in recent years.

New York is close to an agreement with Jaret Wright on a $21 million, three-year deal, and Cashman would like to get at least one other starting pitcher this weekend.

He’s been talking with Eric Milton, remains interested in Pedro Martinez and received a telephone call Thursday from pitcher David Wells.

Boston offered a one-year contract to Wells.

Elsewhere, the Florida Marlins reached preliminary agreements with right-handed relievers Antonio Alfonseca and Todd Jones.

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