Olney in his daily blog wrote:Could it be that the Red Sox have met secretly with Roger Clemens? There is evidence of this, Nick Cafardo writes. From Boston's perspective, there is much reason to attempt the signing of Clemens: He would make the 2006 team better, and Boston would regenerate a relationship with one of the best players in the franchise's history. But with the Red Sox now bidding against the Yankees, Rangers and Astros, the price tag for Clemens very well could soar over $20 million for one year. If so, there would be an enormous incongruity to a Clemens deal for the Red Sox, something which, on its face, reflects a lack of planning.
On one hand, they would be willing to spend $20 million or more for one season from an incredible, but increasingly fragile, 43-year-old pitcher, at a time when the Red Sox have a lot of pitching options -- and yet they were not willing to shell out an extra $12 million over four years to keep Johnny Damon? (And, simultaneously, keeping Damon would have allowed them to keep young third base prospect Andy Marte, rather than trading him for a center fielder.)
Coupled together, the choices make absolutely no sense. And, by the way, a Clemens deal would push Boston's payroll something in the neighborhood of $140 million -- not near the Yankees' $200 million continent, but well beyond what anybody else is spending.
Whatever the rationale, however, signing Clemens would be a good move for Boston, for 2006 and beyond his days as an active player. There will be a lot of debate about what hat Clemens should wear into the Hall of Fame, and there is no doubt that when you think of Clemens, you associate him the most with the Red Sox. They should have a relationship with the guy, even if it's not an exclusive arrangement.