10/21/2003 8:48 PM ET
Notes: Testing the market?
MIAMI -- Brian Cashman expects Roger Clemens to file for free agency after the season, but the GM isn't planning on making a pitch to re-sign the future Hall of Famer.
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
According to Cashman, it is a common practice for a retiring player to file for free agency and simply not play any more. Should a player go on the voluntary retirement list, it forces them to sit out a full season, allowing no room for a change of heart.
Paul O'Neill didn't want to file for free agency after the 2001 season, wanting to simply retire as a Yankee. But Cashman called O'Neill's agent to ask him to file for free agency instead. Why?
"I needed the roster spot," Cashman said. "Otherwise, we would have had to release him."
Other players who have filed for free agency before retirement include Don Mattingly and Scott Brosius.
Giambi ready: Jason Giambi was in the lineup at first base for Game 3, the first time this postseason that he has been in the field. It has been an eventful couple of days for Giambi, who was subpoenaed to testify in an ongoing steroids investigation.
Giambi said Monday that he has nothing to hide, and Torre believes that the off-field distractions may actually benefit the slugger on the field, where he is batting just .229 in the postseason.
"Maybe all of these things will be good for Jason," Torre said. "He's spent so much time trying to figure out the hitting, that the less he thinks about it, it could be an advantage."
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. The Associated Press contributed to this story, which was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.