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Still No Word from Clemens’ Camp, Could End Up Anywhere – Or Nowhere
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Since Houston declined to offer arbitration to the Rocket in December, Clemens fans the league over have been abuzz with speculation as to what he will decide to do in 2006. As he has done for the past few seasons, Clemens has kept retirement open as an option, but hasn’t given any official decisions yet.

Assuming he decides to play another year – which I believe he will – Clemens will have the luxury of many interested teams to consider. The Astros will not be eligible to deal with him until May first, and although it would mean missing the first month of the season there is still a good chance Clemens could opt to wait and resign with the Astros then. Aside from Houston, both Boston and Texas have expressed interest in Clemens, as have the Yankees. The Yankees spoke briefly with Clemens’ representatives during the Winter Meetings but were told that the Rocket’s camp would not be ready to discuss anything until January or February. According to the New York Post, the Yankees are still very interested in Clemens but are wisely not counting on him in their 2006 roster plans. Both Cashman and Torre have said that they are happy with the roster as it is right now, but would still talk to Clemens if he were to express an interest.

Being a huge Rocket fan myself, I must say that I’m holding out hope that he’ll decide to make a return to the Bronx. However, if forced to be honest, I’ll admit that it probably isn’t very likely. The Yankees haven’t backed up their alleged interest with any action or aggression thus far, and since they do currently have six starting pitchers – albeit a few shaky ones – they won’t be motivated by an overwhelming need for Clemens. Furthermore, if it were to come down to a choice between the Yanks and the Astros, it seems likely that he would opt to stick with Houston. Houston offers the advantage of allowing Clemens to live in his hometown and have the freedom to come and go when he’s not the starting pitcher. Pal Andy Pettitte is also in Houston for at least another year, and Clemens has shown before how important that is to him. Short of uprooting Pettitte as bait (hmm…), I don’t see Rocket Part Duex in 2006.


posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, January 04, 2006  
  • At 10:56 AM, Blogger Pinstripe_Mike said…

    I think he plays for Houston or retires.

    If he did come back, who does he replace in the rotation?

  • At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Clemens once said, "No place better n' Beantown." He'll finish his career a Sox

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