10/27/2003 3:21 PM ET
Wendell files for free agency
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Turk Wendell and Kelly Stinnett were among 35 players who filed for free agency on the first day players were allowed to do so.
The filing period began Sunday and continues through Nov. 9. Terry Adams, Dan Plesac, Todd Pratt and ace Kevin Millwood can also file and are expected to do so.
The Phillies entered the offseason with nine potential free agents. They reduced that to eight on Oct. 14, when they exercised Rheal Cormier's $3 million option.
That same day, they bought out the options on Jose Mesa and Mike Williams -- paying $250,000 and $1.5 million, respectively -- making them free agents. Stinnett became a free agent when he refused his portion of a mutual option. His filing Sunday was just a formality.
Wendell, 36, received $3.25 million in the final season of a three-year contract worth $12,099,999.99, and he earned an extra $100,000 in performance bonuses. He went 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 56 games with the Phillies, making a successful comeback from elbow surgery that cost him the 2002 season.
He was brilliant early, allowing just two runs in his first 27 innings for a 0.67 ERA through June 27, then tired down the stretch, amassing a 5.81 ERA in the final two months.
Overall, Wendell allowed 54 hits in 64 innings, with 28 walks and 27 strikeouts. His filing doesn't guarantee that he won't be back next season, and he didn't rule out that possibility at the end of the 2003 season.
Stinnett, 33, was acquired Aug. 31 from the Reds and appeared in seven games. He hit .237 in 67 games.
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