Clemens said he planned to retire after the 2003, 2004 and 2005
seasons, but came back each time to sign with his hometown Houston
Astros. Pettitte, Clemens' close friend and Texas neighbor, had
left the New York Yankees after the 2003 season to sign with the
Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rejoined the Astros
in June and went 7-6 with a 2.30 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 113 1/3
innings. The right-hander, who has 348 wins and 4,604 strikeouts,
turns 45 on Aug. 4.
Pettitte was 14-13 with a 4.20 ERA. The left-hander was bothered
by a strained flexor muscle in the elbow on his pitching arm late
in the season.
Minnesota pitcher Brad Radke, who is expected to retire, also
filed Monday along with Texas pitcher Kip Wells, Pittsburgh
outfielder Jeromy Burnitz and Philadelphia shortstop
Alex S. Gonzalez, who was reinstated from the voluntary retired list.
A total of 169 players have filed for free agency since the
World Series, and about 20 more potentially are eligible to file by
Saturday's deadline. Free agents can talk money with all teams