Higuera, Brunansky, 8 more join free-agent list

Milwaukee lefthander Ted Higuera and nine other players filed for free agency yesterday, raising the total to 31 in the first three days following the World Series.

Higuera, who made $2,125,000 this season with Milwaukee, is among the top available pitchers in this year's group of free agents, along with Bob Welch of Oakland and Dave Righetti of the New York Yankees.


Higuera, a former 20-game winner, struggled to an 11-10 record with a 3.76 ERA while being limited to 27 starts by injuries.

Also filing yesterday were Atlanta infielder Jim Presley, Boston outfielder Tom Brunansky, Detroit pitcher Dan Petry, Kansas City pitcher Steve Farr, Los Angeles second baseman-outfielder Juan Samuel, Minnesota outfielder John Moses, Pittsburgh outfielder R.J. Reynolds and St. Louis third baseman Terry Pendleton and pitcher John Tudor.


Meanwhile, the New York Mets exercised a 1991 contract option on pitcher Alejandro Pena for $1 million rather than exercising a $300,000 buyout clause.

The Cardinals placed outfielder Dave Collins on the voluntary retired list. Collins would have been eligible to file for free agency.

Pitchers Dave Smith of Houston and Jim Gott of Los Angeles were offered salary arbitration by their teams. If they had not been offered arbitration, they would have had the right to file for free agency.

Los Angeles told catcher Rick Dempsey that it would not offer him arbitration, meaning he can file for free agency starting tomorrow.

Brunansky, acquired by Boston from St. Louis. batted .267 with 15 home runs and 71 RBIs. He helped the Red Sox to the AL East title with five home runs in the final full week of the season.

Reynolds also played for a division winner, batting .288 with no homers and 19 RBIs in 215 at-bats for Pittsburgh, the NL East champ.

Samuel and Presley had subpar seasons, both hitting .242 with defensive problems.