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Houston Fails to Offer Arbitration to Clemens: Could a Second Tenure With The Yankees Be In The Cards?
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
The Houston Astros decided to let their Clemens arbitration deadline pass today, leaving the Rocket’s 2006 season status up in the air. Clemens has been unwaveringly silent about his thoughts on his future as a starting pitcher since last season and has made it clear that even if Houston did offer arbitration today he may not make up his mind for months, or could ask for a hefty salary if he did re-sign with the Astros. By not offering arbitration today the Astros will not be able to bid for Clemens until May first.

It seems that Clemens leaves us fans hanging nearly every year; the possibility of retirement always seems to be at the tip of his tongue. Despite what he may threaten or allude to, I see no reason that the Rocket would choose this year to put the cap on his career. While I’m sure there are more than three, here are the Yankee Chick’s top three reasons why Clemens will pitch in 2006:

1) His performance shows no signs of slowing. He posted his best ERA in 2005 and hasn’t had to limit his number of appearances – he started over thirty games last year, which was right on par with the rest of his career.
2) One word: Koby. Clemen’s son was signed to the Astros organization last year and Clemens as mentioned that he dreamed of playing in the MLB with his son. If I’m Clemens (caveat – I’m not), and my son is just a year or two away from the majors, and I’m still feeling swell, I’m not going to call it quits just yet.
3) WBC. He is already slated to pitch in the WBC next spring, meaning that he will be getting in shape as usual all winter. I would be surprised if a career athlete who loves the game like Clemens does goes all out for two weeks in the WBC and then ends his career.

Despite the fact that the Yankees lost, oh, nine hundred gazillion dollars last year, I wouldn’t put it past him them to sign Clemens for a second stint. If he does decide to play, the only teams I can see him signing with are the Yankees and the Blue Jays, for nostalgic reasons. I don’t see him going to Boston as Clemens doesn’t seem to be on good terms with the Sox.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, December 07, 2005  
4 Comments:
  • At 11:51 PM, Anonymous metsrtehsux0r said…

    Clemens will be an Astro again next year. I think the scenario that was talked about on Baseball Tonight is a very likely one. If you missed it they talked about something like this.

    The Astros don't offer Clemens arbitration.
    Clemens gets in shape and pitches at the WBC.
    Clemens goes home and rests until May 1st before signing with the Astros.

    The Astros don't need him before then regardless. They can go ahead and slog through April with a 4 man rotation knowing that The Rocket is returning 20 or so games into the year. He misses four or five starts and saves some wear and tear on his body, making him more dangerous when the playoffs roll around.

    I think the Koby issue is very much a deciding factor in this decision too. He played well in Greenville (.297/4/17 in 33 games) and looked all right with the Valley Cats (.281 and 6 RBIs in 9 games). From everything I've found it looks like he'll open the season as the third basemen in Corpus Christi with their AA affiliate. I expect Roger to stay an Astro until his kid hits the bigs...late 2007 or early 2008. He'll only be, what, 65 or so then...

    I'm a Rocket fan...he's amazing.

     
  • At 12:09 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    you really think that he will just sit out the first month of the season?

     
  • At 1:08 PM, Anonymous metsrtehsux0r said…

    I do think he will. A rested Rocket is far more important come September and October than a rested Rocket in April is.

    He's happy in Houston, and the chance to play with Koby is important to him. I can see him resting for a month, signing a 2 year deal with the Astros, somewhere in the area of fifteen million per and playing that out waiting for his kid to reach the Show. I think Koby's first year in the bigs will be Roger's last year in the bigs.

    On the other hand, if the Astros ever dealt the kid Roger would be gone in a New York minute, probably to wherever they traded him.

     
  • At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Clemens coming back to the Yanks would be like George Bush saying something intelligent. NOT HAPPENING

     
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