Monday, November 3, 2003
Cardinals decline option on reliever Fassero
ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Fassero's $1.5 million option was declined
Monday by the St. Louis Cardinals, and the pitcher then filed for
Fassero, 40, was 1-7 with a 5.68 ERA in 77 2-3 innings over 62
games last season. The left-hander struck out 55, walked 34 and had
three saves in six chances.
Fassero, who gets a $250,000 buyout, was acquired from the
Chicago Cubs in August 2002.
He becomes the 13th St. Louis player to file for free agency, a
group that includes pitchers Cal Eldred, Sterling Hitchcock, Steve
Kline, Lance Painter, Russ Springer, Garrett Stephenson and Brett
The other Cardinals who have filed are catchers Chris Widger and
Joe Girardi; infielder Miguel Cairo; and outfielders Orlando
Palmeiro and Eduardo A. Perez.