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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Astros - Signed Clemens

Houston Astros - Signed P Roger Clemens to a minor-league contract.

Clemens’ new deal with the Astros is definitely the most lucrative split-level contract in Major League history.  Before he’s added to the team, he makes AAA pay and as soon as the Astros call him up, he gets paid at the rate of roughly $22 million per full season, coming out somewhere around $12.5 million, depending on exactly when they start using him.  Now, Clemens doesn’t fix the worst problem in Houston, an outfield that hits like they play for the Royals, but any team would be happy to replace Nieve or Buchholz with one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball.

Dan Szymborski Posted: June 01, 2006 at 03:10 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. penalcolony Posted: June 01, 2006 at 04:16 PM (#2047149)
What happens if despite this deal Houston is more or less out of it by the end of July? Does his contract allow a trade?
   2. Repoz Posted: June 01, 2006 at 04:26 PM (#2047157)
A bigger question is...can he get enough innings in to win the ERA title and get his 17th Triple Crown title?
   3. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 01, 2006 at 06:28 PM (#2047248)
Does his contract allow a trade?

Not sure, but any contract that Roger signs will have a de facto no-trade clause since he can just walk away.
   4. Darren Posted: June 05, 2006 at 04:19 AM (#2051549)
He's good.
   5. chris p Posted: June 05, 2006 at 04:24 AM (#2051552)
darren's right.
   6. SouthSideRyan Posted: June 05, 2006 at 05:21 AM (#2051578)
So what if the Astros have a June like the Cubs's May. Do they just not call him up and keep him at AAA all year?
   7. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: June 05, 2006 at 06:04 AM (#2051593)
Any predictions on how well he will pitch? I personally have no idea. I wouldn't be surprised with a 2.25 ERA or a 4.50 ERA.
   8. Dr. Vaux Posted: June 05, 2006 at 06:45 AM (#2051598)
The way this season's going, I wouldn't be surprised with 6.
   9. Srul Itza At Home Posted: June 05, 2006 at 07:45 AM (#2051608)
Remember during April, when Maddux was 5-0 with a tiny ERA, and everybody was asking whether Maddux was back in the running for the title of greatest pitcher of this era.

You don't hear that issue being raised so much anymore.
   10. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: June 05, 2006 at 08:06 AM (#2051611)
Did you run a ZiPS projection on Clemens, Dan?
   11. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 05, 2006 at 03:17 PM (#2051749)
Yeah, I still project retired players - 14-8, 3.32 for Clemens.
   12. base ball chick Posted: June 05, 2006 at 03:40 PM (#2051768)
if we still suck in june, we will DEFINITELY call up roger. the team been selling roger ticket packets, roger this roger that. roger will keep the fans interested and he is worth every blessed penny he is getting. yall who are not living here - let me put it this way - here in houston roger is a bigger deal than derek jeter is in ny. i would say that bagwell and biggio put the stros on the map but roger put it in large flashing neon lights.

roger might could be a drama queen, but he is seriously a STAR.
   13. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 05, 2006 at 04:16 PM (#2051794)
There is zero chance that Roger will play anywhere else in the majors but Houston in 2006, and zero chance that the Astros will keep him down on the farm for longer than his three "rehab" starts.

-- MWE
   14. Dr. Vaux Posted: June 05, 2006 at 04:27 PM (#2051806)
Yeah, I still project retired players

Got a projection for Mike Boddicker?

:)
   15. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: June 05, 2006 at 10:18 PM (#2052292)
To Houston residents, how big a star is Hakeem in that city?
   16. Quasi-Hysterical Chicken Little Posted: June 08, 2006 at 04:59 PM (#2056241)
To Houston residents, how big a star is Hakeem in that city?

Who?

- Confused H-Town Resident.
   17. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: June 08, 2006 at 07:41 PM (#2056389)
Who?

Hakeem Olajuwon. You know, the guy who lead the Rockets to the only major professional championships the city of Houston has ever enjoyed. The guy who also starred for the Houston Cougars at the collegiate level.
   18. Damon Rutherford Posted: June 08, 2006 at 07:52 PM (#2056411)
Remember during April, when Maddux was 5-0 with a tiny ERA, and everybody was asking whether Maddux was back in the running for the title of greatest pitcher of this era.

Yeah, what the hell happened to Maddux? Simply sample size? Or has anyone come up with an explanation?

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