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Cardinals decline option on reliever Fassero

Updated: November 3, 2003, 2:04 PM ET

ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Fassero's $1.5 million option was declined Monday by the St. Louis Cardinals, and the pitcher then filed for free agency.

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 ...

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