The Astros may be 7.5 games behind Pujols and the Cards, but they’re not too worried about losing their NL Champion title just yet. Roger Clemens has agreed to pitch one more season for Houston, and that could be just the boost they need to push the Cardinals out of the lead. The Rocket agreed to a $22,000,022 1-year contract with the Astros, of which he will receive about $12.8 million for the 4 remaining months of the season.
Clemens will start the season in the minors (where his son Koby plays, coincidentally), but is expected to make his first start for the Astros by last June.
"I have to now take the next step to get my body ready to come back, to be effective, win games and do what I'm used to doing, and that's being extremely competitive at a high level. My body feels good. Condition-wise, I'm great. I need some game experience. I haven't felt soreness in my legs like actual game situations." - - Roger Clemens