Lloyd Moseby, a fixture in center field for Toronto since 1980, filed for free agency and probably won't be returning to the Blue Jays.
"It's not over yet," said his agent, Jim Neader of St. Petersburg, Fla. "They've told us if he does come back, it could be for left field, right field or DH, but it wouldn't be in center."
Neader has talked twice with Toronto Vice President Pat Gillick, and Moseby had a heart-to-heart with Gillick during the World Series. "We talked realities," Moseby told a Toronto Star reporter. "What it came down to in the end was Pat wishing me the best . . . hoping I can find a better deal out there."
Toronto is trying to re-sign outfielder Mookie Wilson, another free agent.
Bouncing back a little from a .199 average at the All-Star break, Moseby hit .221 with 11 homers, 43 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 1989, far off the average offensive performance of the last five years. He made nearly $1.4 million in 1989.