Rudy Seanez decides to become free agent.
Phillies’ Seanez becomes free agent
Club wants to keep veterans Moyer, Eyre in fold for 2009
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
Okay, now this is a real surprise.
PHILADELPHIA — Phillies reliever Rudy Seanez on Monday became the second member of the World Series champions to file for free agency.
Seanez appeared in 42 games for the Phillies in 2008, allowing 17 earned runs, 38 hits and 25 walks in 43 1/3 innings. He notched 30 strikeouts.
Seanez was left off the 25-man roster for all three rounds of the playoffs, but the 40-year-old intends to pitch in 2009.
Philadelphia had seven free agents. They have already announced they won’t exercise the 2009 options on outfielder So Taguchi and right-hander Tom Gordon, and Gordon filed on Saturday.
That leaves left fielder Pat Burrell, left-handers Jamie Moyer and Scott Eyre and infielder Tadahito Iguchi.
On his first day as general manager, Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team had spoken to the agents of Moyer and Eyre and would like to keep both players. (H/T Phillies.com)
As I’d said at the top, I was not expecting this situation, mostly because no one at any point during the season talking about Rudy possibly becoming a free agent after the regular season was over. With that said, although I hope the Phils can keep him in the fold. If they can’t, I wish Rudy luck if someone picks him up during the off-season. I also like the fact that Moyer and Eyre’s agents are being talked with. I hope the Phillies will soon be signing the two to new contracts. I also hope they’ll go after Tadahito Iguchi. Never can have too many good infielders.