Cardinals decline option on reliever Fassero
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 Tomko.
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