I don't know if this will be a new trend or not this year, but it is interesting seeing a player tear up a contract, then starting out fresh.
Grace expected to re-sign with Arizona
Posted: Friday November 01, 2002 6:37 PM
PHOENIX (AP) -- Mark Grace agreed to forego the $3 million option year of his contract and filed for free agency on Friday but is expected to re-sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks for less money.
The 38-year-old first baseman and Diamondbacks managing general partner Jerry Colangelo reached a handshake agreement in September to tear up the option clause and sign a new contract.
Grace has said that next season will be his last as a major leaguer and he wants to end his career with Arizona. Grace, his wife and young son make their home in the Phoenix area.
"This is where I want to be, whether it's a big role or a small role," Grace said Sept. 13. "I know for a fact we're going to win next year and that's important. I spent 13 years losing. To go out on a winning team, I feel very fortunate. I just love the guys here, and I love the situation here."
After his final season with Arizona, Grace is expected to move into the broadcast booth as a color commentator for the Diamondbacks and said that someday he would like to manage.
He signed as a free agent with Arizona before the 2000 season after 13 years with the Chicago Cubs.
Other Diamondbacks who have filed for free agency are center fielder Steve Finley, infielders Jay Bell, Greg Colbrunn and Chris Donnels, and pitchers Brian Anderson, Rick Helling and Armando Reynoso.