Flash Gordon files for free agency

November 1, 2008 7:32:06 PM PDT
Reliever Tom Gordon became the first member of the World Series-champion Phillies to file for free agency after Philadelphia declined a $4.5 million option and chose to pay a $1 million buyout. The right-hander, who turns 41 on Nov. 18, had bone spurs removed and his ulnar collateral ligament repaired in his arm on Oct. 16.

He went 5-4 with a 5.16 ERA in 34 games, then was put on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation on July 6 and missed the rest of the season.