Tis wrote:jfg wrote:Payne Dailey wrote:AcidRock23 wrote:Is there some reason for this? Is it deer season in Texas or something like that?
Nope, deer season ended a few months ago.
IMO,I think he'll go to the yankees. They'll give him the special treatment he gets from the Astros.
He's forty four and doesn't need the money. He just gets burned out with the MLB grind. So he takes the first two months off then comes to play when it counts the most.
Then retire like a normal person. I think it's setting a dangerous precedent for baseball.
Why's that? If esteban loaiza said "nah, i dont want to play the first three months... talk to me in june" he'd be done. Its simple economics, supply and demand... weird things like clemens extra long off-season are simply another type of costs, factored in with the rest. If his product isnt worth it, he wont get it.
Keep in mind too, most people are not signing 1 year contracts, they want job security, they want to cash in on a big season, etc. People in those situations dont have the option of pulling a Roger.
I am assuming you dont have any problem with teams signing a contract for half a year with someone, to replace another player who was injured. How is this any different?
It's a different situation because Clemens wasn't cut from a team. He's choosing to sit out half a season. It's just a bad precedent to set. Players are no longer asked to play a full season to earn their big dollars and big market teams can bring in ringers now along with trading for big contracts. Free agency was hard enough for small market teams with no salary cap, but now they have to watch the big markets bring in foreign players who are exempt from the draft and half-season players as well? The game's a business but this is ridiculous.
It's only Clemens right now, but he's setting an example for other stars in the league. Estaban Loaiza is not a star. I could see a bunch of stars right now doing this at the end of their career to stay out of cold weather and working out on his own. They might not be as dominant as Clemens but they will still be bid on by the big market teams.