NLCS MVP Suppan files for free agency

Updated: November 2, 2006, 3:08 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Jeff Suppan filed for free agency Wednesday after earning MVP honors for the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL championship series against the New York Mets.

Starting Pitcher
St. Louis Cardinals

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L BB K ERA
32 12 7 69 104 4.12

Suppan pitched eight shutout innings for the victory in Game 3, then allowed one run over seven innings in Game 7, which the Cardinals went on to win 3-1 on Yadier Molina's ninth-inning homer.

Suppan did not get a decision in the World Series, allowing three runs over six innings in Game 4 against Detroit, which St. Louis won 5-4. He was 12-7 with a 4.12 ERA during the regular season.

Four other players filed Wednesday: Washington pitcher Ramon Ortiz, Colorado reliever Jose Mesa, San Diego first baseman-outfielder Ryan Klesko and San Francisco infielder Pedro Feliz.

Mesa, who made $2,125,000 this season, had a $3 million option that Colorado declined Wednesday. He receives a $515,000 buyout, of which $250,000 already had been advanced to him.

 Mike DeJean
DeJean
 Jose Mesa
Mesa

The 40-year-old right-hander went 1-5 with a 3.86 ERA in a career-high 79 appearances.

The Rockies also declined to exercise options on relievers Ray King and Mike DeJean. General manager Dan O'Dowd said Wednesday night, however, that the club hopes to pursue new deals with Mesa and DeJean. If Mesa returns, he'll serve as more of a middle reliever like he did over the final two months of the season rather than as a right-handed setup man in the eighth inning.

O'Dowd hopes DeJean rebounds from shoulder surgery.

"We're interested in bringing Mike back if he makes progress in his rehab and it's going very well for him right now, he just hasn't ramped it up yet," O'Dowd said. "Jose was everything we thought he'd be. It's just that with Mike's injury, we had to use him a lot and that caught up with him in the second half."

A total of 148 players have filed for free agency, and about 45 more are potentially eligible to file by the Nov. 11 deadline.


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