RHP Suppan, 3B Feliz among five to file for free agency

Nov 1, 2006 - 11:45 PM NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Jeff Suppan has taken the first step towards what he hopes will be a lucrative winter.

Suppan was among five players to file for free agency Wednesday, a list that also includes Pedro Feliz and Ryan Klesko.

Suppan was a major reason the St. Louis Cardinals captured their first World Series title in 24 years. The 31-year-old righthander was 1-1 with a 2.49 ERA in four postseason starts, including a 1-0 mark with a 1.71 ERA in his final three outings.

In the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets, Suppan earned MVP honors by allowing only one run and five hits in 15 innings. He followed that performance up with a strong outing in Game Four of the World Series, yielding three runs in six innings against the Detroit Tigers.

Suppan was 12-7 with a 4.12 ERA during the regular season and owns a 106-101 lifetime record with a 4.60 ERA in 12 major league seasons with five teams.

The top hitter to file Wednesday was Feliz, who led the San Francisco Giants with a career-high 98 RBI this past season. The 31-year-old third baseman also matched his personal best with 22 home runs but managed only a .244 batting average, including a .202 mark after the All-Star break.

Klesko played in just six games for the San Diego Padres in 2006 as the 35-year-old was hampered by a strained left shoulder. The infielder-outfielder was 3-for-4 in his limited action and is a .280 career hitter with 272 homers in parts of 15 major league seasons with the Atlanta Braves and the Padres.

The other players to file Wednesday were a pair of veteran righthanders - Washington Nationals starter Ramon Ortiz and Colorado Rockies reliever Jose Mesa.

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