The Houston Chronicle is reporting tonight that Jeff Bagwell, the Astros icon filed for free agency. Barry Axelrod, Bagwell and Biggio’s agent is quoted as saying "Today is the last day for free agents to file, and even players contemplating retirement complete the filing process. This is completely a technical matter and does not change anything about the relationship between Jeff and the Astros. Our hope is that sometime in the near future, we will arrive at a long-term arrangement that will keep Jeff a part of the Astros family for many years."
But, I have to wonder, is it possible that Jeff wants to give a shot at finishing his career with the team that originally drafted him, his hometown team, the Boston Red Sox? Would the Red Sox sign Bagwell as a DH? It would be quite a coup for Theo Epstein to have two future Hall of Famers finish their careers in Red Sox uniforms. The other one of course would be Roger Clemens who has said that returning to Boston in 2007 isn’t out of the question.