Clemens unsure if he'll pitch in 2005

Updated: November 12, 2004, 12:49 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens, fresh off his record seventh Cy Young Award, became a free agent Thursday on the final day to file, along with former Cy Young winner Pat Hentgen.

Pat Hentgen

Roger Clemens

The 42-year-old Clemens, who went 18-4 for the Houston Astros, won the NL Cy Young Award on Tuesday and hasn't said whether he intends to pitch again next season.

Hentgen, winner of the 1996 AL Cy Young Award, went 2-9 with a 6.95 ERA for Toronto and retired in late July. Hentgen, who turns 36 Saturday, came off the voluntarily retired list earlier this week. By becoming a free agent he can sign with any team if he decides he wants to play again.

Pittsburgh closer Jose Mesa, who could have become a free agent, instead agreed Thursday to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Pirates.

A total of 207 players filed for free agency, three fewer than last year.

Free agents can start negotiating money with all teams starting Friday. Center fielder Carlos Beltran, third baseman Adrian Beltre, first baseman Carlos Delgado, catcher Jason Varitek, shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, and pitchers Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe, Troy Percival, Carl Pavano, Eric Milton, Russ Ortiz and Kevin Millwood are among those available.

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