Thursday, February 02, 2006

Clemens, Yankees, Not just a pipe dream

The New York Yankees and Roger Clemens, could it be? Andy Pettitte expects the seven-time Cy Young award winner to return for a 23rd season as a Major League Ball player and with Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada actively recruiting the former Yankee, the possibility of him returning for a second-stint with the Bombers seems to be ever so slowly increasing.

Clemens has already stated that he'll only consider playing for four teams next year, the Yankees, Red Sox, Astros or Rangers. Having come off a season where he led the League in lowest ERA, and a season where he'd of won another Cy Young if it wasn't for the minimal support he received from his offense, the 43 year-old certainly still has what it takes to be a front line starter.

He cannot re-sign with the Astros until May 1 but they are still the favourites to lure him back, with his son in the Astros system and playing close to home, they seem the logical fit. However both big market AL East teams are interested in bringing the Rocket back. He has seemingly buried the hatchet with the Red Sox after his acrimonious departure from the franchise after the 1996 season, and the Yankees are always interested in any top-tier talent that becomes available.

The Yankees currently have seven starters on their books, with only Randy and Moose locked into the rotation. Chacon, Wang and Pavano are expected to round out the starting crew with Small and Wright for the pen/on the trade block. Wang isn't about to be traded but all three of Wright, Pavano and Small could easily be moved if the right offer was on the table, heck even Chacon too.

The Sox are shopping Clement and if they could bring in Roger to replace him then it seriously upgrades them in that department.

Personally speaking I fully expect Clemens to be back and I think he'll pitch for five months with the Astros, but this story will rumble on and on until there is a definitive decision by the shoo-in first ballot Hall of Famer.

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At 3:36 pm, Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Just popped in, and I gotta say, I love this concept. Sort of a Dueling Bloggers. Very cool.

But I gotta say: Go Sox!

At 7:27 am, Blogger Nick Wolf said...

Man it would be great if the yanks got Clemens back but it would be a big mistake if they lost all three Wright,Pavano and Small. Those guys are way to valuble for the Rocket. Clemens and the Yankees would need those guys there. I mean Clemens, Johnson and Moose could not cary that team to the World Series on their own.

But I gotta say : GO YANKEES!!!

At 12:02 pm, Blogger Neil M said...

Cheers for the comments guys, Nick, I didn't mean that all three could be moved but they would all certainly be available to make room for the Rocket but I doubt the Yanks would move all three of them. I think Small will definately be the cheap swing man but I don't see where Wright fits in and if Roger comes in then he is definately the one we'd like to move most but Pavano would be the one who'd prolly attract most interest.

Again, thanks for reading and commentating :)

At 9:44 pm, Blogger Nick Wolf said...

yeah, I see what your saying Wright would be a good move if they Yankees could back it up with some extra cash for Roger. But they must keep Pavano and Small. The Yankees would be unstopable if their line up went like Johnson, Wang, Clemens, Pavano, Moose and Small.


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