According to Brian McTaggart of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros declined Doug Brocail’s $3.25MM option for 2009. The Astros are concerned about Brocail’s ailing shoulder. However, they’d like to re-sign him at a lower rate. Brocail seemingly profiles as a Type A free agent, though he might accept arbitration if the Astros offer it. He was disappointed by their decision on his option though.
Brocail, 41, posted a 3.93 ERA in 68.2 innings. His strikeout rate was up significantly from ’07. He struggled in July and August, but pitched well in September.