Cone, Sojo File for Free Agency
Nov. 07, 2000
NEW YORK (AP) _ David Cone, unsure the New York Yankees want him back, filed for free agency Tuesday along with teammate infielder Luis Sojo, the hero of the World Series finale against the Mets.
Cone, a right-hander who will be 38 next year, struggled to a 4-14 record and 6.91 ERA this year, and was limited to just two relief appearances in the postseason. If he does return to the Yankees, it will be for far less than the $12 million he made this year.
Sojo, 34, was with the Yankees when they won World Series titles in 1996, 1998 and 1999, then was let go and signed with Pittsburgh last January.
The Yankees reacquired him in August in a waiver deal, and he had an immediate influence in the clubhouse, perking up players who struggled at times.
It's unclear if the Yankees will pursue him or Jose Vizcaino, another infielder acquired during the season to add bench strength, who also has filed for free agency.
A total of 125 players have filed for free agency, and 18 more players are potentially eligible to file by Friday's deadline.
Of the 18 players who haven't filed, eight have options for next year that have not yet been exercised.