Three Astros file for free agency

Three Astros file for free agency

HOUSTON -- Three more components of the Astros' 2008 roster filed for free agency on Friday: catcher Brad Ausmus, right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins and left-handed starter Randy Wolf.

Infielder Mark Loretta filed on Thursday, leaving right-hander Doug Brocail as the last Astros free agent yet to file.

The Astros declined the option on Brocail's contract but say they hope to re-sign the veteran reliever. They also plan to pursue Wolf and Hawkins.

Ausmus hasn't decided if he will play in '09, but if he does, it will be with a team closer to his San Diego home.

Alyson Footer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.