Because the Milwaukee Brewers haven't made an offer he deemed satisfactory, Ted Higuera has filed for free agency to learn what he's worth.
The left-hander filed along with nine other players Tuesday and figures to be one of the most sought-after pitchers, along with Bob Welch of the Oakland Athletics and Dave Righetti of the New York Yankees.Higuera, a former 20-game winner who will be 32 next month, struggled to an 11-10 record with a 3.76 ERA while limited by injuries to 27 starts.
"There's not much that's going to happen in the next 10, 12 days," said Higuera's agent, Jim Bronner.
While some players file as a precaution but want to re-sign with their former clubs, Higuera says he is interested in finding out what other teams have to offer.
`He's going to check it out," Bronner said. "We've talked to Milwaukee and there hasn't been a meeting of the minds."
Also filing Tuesday were Atlanta infielder Jim Presley, Boston outfielder Tom Brunansky, Detroit pitcher Dan Petry, Kansas City pitcher Steve Farr, Los Angeles second baseman-outfielder Juan Samuel, Minnesota outfielder John Moses, Pittsburgh outfielder R.J. Reynolds and third baseman Terry Pendleton and pitcher John Tudor of St. Louis.
Thirty-one players have filed in the three days following the World Series. Player have until Nov. 4 to file.
Meanwhile, the New York Mets exercised a 1991 contract option on pitcher Alejandro Pena for $1 million rather than exercising a $300,000 buyout clause.
The Cardinals placed outfielder Dave Collins on the voluntary retired list. Collins would have been eligible to file for free agency.
Pitchers Dave Smith of Houston and Jim Gott of Los Angeles were offered salary arbitration by their teams. If they had not been offered arbitration, they would have had the right to file for free agency.