PHILADELPHIA -- A day after riding in a parade, reliever Tom Gordon filed free agency, the first of four eligible Phillies players to file. Gordon, 40, was told by the team Friday that his $4.5 million wasn't being picked up, and he received a $1 million buyout. The righty's third season as a reliever ended in July due to inflammation in his right elbow that eventually required surgery, a procedure he had in October.
He remained hopeful of pitching in 2009, and said he'd like to return to Philadelphia, albeit at a reduced rate. In 34 games out of the Phillies' bullpen this year, Gordon went 5-4 with a 5.16 ERA. After allowing five runs in a trying Opening Day appearance, the right-hander posted a 3.68 ERA in his remaining 33 appearances. So Taguchi was also told that he wouldn't have his option renewed, and he won't be back next season. He served as a backup outfielder and hit .220 (20-for-91) in 2008, mostly as a pinch-hitter. Pat Burrell and Jamie Moyer are the team's other team's free agent, and both would like to return. "I hope I'm back here," Moyer said Friday. "I sense there's a good feeling that I may come back here. I have not talked to the club at all, but we'll see what happens."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.