Newsday has learned that Clemens, 43, has agreed to terms with the Astros, the team for which he pitched the last two seasons. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner could be pitching in the major leagues by the end of June. He will earn from $3.5 million to $4 million per month, netting him roughly $12 million for about a half-season's work.
Inside the Astros' clubhouse over the last few weeks, hardly any players have doubted Roger Clemens will rejoin them soon. In the players' minds, it has been merely a matter of "when," not "if."
But according to Astros owner Drayton McLane, general manager Tim Purpura and one of Clemens' agents, Newsday jumped the gun today when it reported Clemens had reached a deal to return to the Astros.
I'm inclined to say that the Newsweek report is inaccurate, but there's really no telling based simply on the indecisiveness that Clemens has shown over the past few years about retiring.
If he comes back, great. If not, I won't cry about it. I never expected to see him back anyways. The young pitchershave been pretty good this year despite this nasty slump they're stuck in right now and they can only get better. Mark my words, Wandy Rodriguez will be well-known throughout the league by the end of the year. He's been impressive so far and is just starting to come into his prime years at the age of 27.
(Cross-posted at Through our eyes)