HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros today declined the club contract option on pitcher Doug Brocail.
But general manager Ed Wade says the Astros will still try to
re-sign the 41-year-old reliever for next season.
Brocail told KRIV television he's surprised and "disappointed a
little bit" that the Astros would not pick up his option.
The player says he's interested in returning to the Astros next
season -- and team officials know it. Brocail says now they have to
renegotiate and "that can be a good thing or a bad thing."
He was due to make 3.25 million dollars next season -- if the
Astros picked up his option. Now he's eligible to file for free
Brocail went 7-5 with a 3.93 ERA and two saves in a career-high
72 appearances this year.
Brocail, who played for Houston in 1995-96, just completed his
He has a 51-48 career record with nine saves and a 3.99 ERA in