Major League Baseball's general managers considered a proposal at the winter meetings in Key Biscayne, Fla., to use instant replay in certain situations for next year, but split the vote evenly -- 15 for and 15 against, thus killing it for at least another year.

Sandy Alderson, MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations, said replay would only have been used to determine whether balls were fair or foul. He said that the way umpires handled two calls in the American League Championship Series -- convening and discussing things before correctly ruling that a ball hit by Boston's Mark Bellhorn was a home run and that New York's Alex Rodriguez had interfered with Boston pitcher Bronson Arroyo -- may have played a role in the decision.

* CLEMENS A FREE AGENT: Roger Clemens, fresh off his record seventh Cy Young Award, became a free agent on the final day to file, along with former Cy Young winner Pat Hentgen.

The 42-year-old Clemens, who went 18-4 for the Astros, hasn't said whether he intends to pitch again next season.

Hentgen went 2-9 with a 6.95 ERA for the Blue Jays and retired in late July. Hentgen, who turns 36 Saturday, came off the voluntarily retired list earlier this week. A total of 207 players filed for free agency. Free agents can start negotiating with all teams starting today.

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