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Postby Pogotheostrich » Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:32 am

The Astros are leaning toward not offering Roger Clemens arbitration before Wednesday's deadline, something that would make him ineligible to pitch for the team before May 1.

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Postby kimchi_chigae » Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:37 am

who is clemens kidding? we all know he'll be back. ;-)
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Postby BravesGuy » Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:52 am

The logical option is for the Astros to offer arbitration under the condition that Clemens will reject it, extending their negotiating window until Jan. 8


I'm sure this will happen. Clemens will be back!
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Postby raiders_umpire » Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:54 pm

Who would Clemens option B be if the Astros declined arbitration and then Clemens decided he wanted to play this year???? Rangers???? Yankees?????
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Postby tal1286 » Wed Dec 07, 2005 1:04 pm

raiders_umpire wrote:Who would Clemens option B be if the Astros declined arbitration and then Clemens decided he wanted to play this year???? Rangers???? Yankees?????


cubs...

that would be nice.

oh and how come he wouldn't be allowed to even pitch for them until may 1? is that just the rule? it seems kinda silly to me to keep him from playing as opposed to the normal rules where you just can't negotiate with someone if you don't sign them by a certain day.
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Postby raiders_umpire » Wed Dec 07, 2005 4:21 pm

tal1286 wrote:
raiders_umpire wrote:Who would Clemens option B be if the Astros declined arbitration and then Clemens decided he wanted to play this year???? Rangers???? Yankees?????


cubs...

that would be nice.

oh and how come he wouldn't be allowed to even pitch for them until may 1? is that just the rule? it seems kinda silly to me to keep him from playing as opposed to the normal rules where you just can't negotiate with someone if you don't sign them by a certain day.


Yes, if the Astros do not offer Clemens arbitration then they can not make Clemens a offer again until May 1 of 06.
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Postby rlee » Wed Dec 07, 2005 6:48 pm

I think this really puts the Astros in a bind. As much as he faltered physically down the stretch, maybe he'd be better off starting the year May 1.

If the Astros do not offer him arbitration, and he decides to play, there will be plenty of teams lining up at his doorstep. Yankees, Bosox, Mets, Dodgers, Texas, Baltimore, to name a few.
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Postby Another Blown Save » Wed Dec 07, 2005 6:50 pm

I think Clemens will retire if the Astros don't offer the arbitration.
Maybe he could play for the Rangers, but I highly doubt it.
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Postby BronXBombers51 » Wed Dec 07, 2005 7:12 pm

raiders_umpire wrote:Who would Clemens option B be if the Astros declined arbitration and then Clemens decided he wanted to play this year???? Rangers???? Yankees?????


Rotoworld mentioned the Yankees, Red Sox or Rangers as possibilities. Those are probably the only teams he'd go to, IMO. Of course, that's just an assumption.

You can't expect Clemens to decide if he wants to play before he's ready, but he really puts a vice on the 'Stros, who can't spend money on anyone else for a long time while he decides. I think they have to move on and try to improve the team as if he isn't going to be there. Maybe he'll take a pay cut and play for them later on, but that probably isn't likely.
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Postby RocketsDWM » Wed Dec 07, 2005 7:15 pm

Boston - I think those bridges are burned but I would love to see him in a Red Sox uniform. Finish your career where it started ;-D Beckett, Schill, Clemens ;-D
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