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