One of the last moves as an MLB player by The Rocket may have happened today. Roger Clemens has said that he would like to join the Houston Astros as a consultant. Today, he filed for free agency.
This isn't to say that Clemens isn't interested in pitching this year. He is considering pitching for Team USA in the 2008 Olympics.
"I think, if things fell into place and he felt good, he would be interested," said agent Randy Hendricks about the 45-year-old Clemens, who has won 354 Major League games and pitched part of the 2007 season for the Yankees. "He loves the idea of representing his country."
Today (Friday), the following three (3) players filed for Free Agency pursuant to Article XX B (2) of the Basic Agreement.
To date, 146 players have filed for free agency (See filings from Nov. 1, Oct. 31, Oct. 30, Oct. 29 and Nov. 6)
Players have 15 days from the end of the World Series to file. On the 16th day after the end of the World Series, free agents may negotiate and sign with a Club other than their former Club.The following is a complete list of players that filed Friday and Thursday, courtesy of the MLB Players Association (MLBPA)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Wolf, Randy (SP)
New York Yankees
Clemens, Roger (SP)
Tampa Bay Rays
Norton, Greg (DH) *
* Provisional election pending resolution of option provision in player's UPC.
Yesterday, (Thurs. Nov. 8) the following three (3) Cardinals players filed for Free Agency pursuant to Article XX B (2) of the Basic Agreement.
Bennett, Gary D. (C)
Stinnett, Kelly (C)
Wilson, Preston (OF)
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