Thursday, November 6, 2003
Filing likely a formality for Clemens
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte filed for free
agency Thursday, removing the two pitchers from the New York
Clemens has said he is retiring. By filing, the 41-year-old
right-hander gives himself the option of negotiating with all 30
teams if he changes his mind.
Pettitte, one of the top pitchers in this year's free-agent
group, has not yet started negotiations for a new contract. The
Yankees repeatedly have said they hope to re-sign him and he has
said it would be hard for him to imagine pitching for another team.
Also filing Thursday were Florida second baseman Luis Castillo,
New York Mets infielder Jay Bell and Pittsburgh infielder Pat
Bell also intends to retire, and Meares spent the past two
seasons on the disabled list because of a hand injury.
The Chicago White Sox exercised a $5 million option on shortstop
Jose Valentin, who had filed provisionally on Oct. 27. If Chicago
had declined the option, the White Sox would have had to pay a
A record 205 players have filed for free agency since the World
Series and eight more potentially are eligible to file by Sunday's