Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Clemens asks for $22 million 

A few weeks back, Roger Clemens accepted arbitration with the Houston Astros, a move most expected was simply a maneuver to extend his negotiating window with the Astros, should he decide to return.

Apparently, that may not be the case, as Clemens today filed for a $22 million salary in 2005. The Astros have offered $13.5 million.

The $22 million is the most ever requested in arbitration, and would be the highest amount ever paid to a pitcher for one season.

I'm not sure if this is just a negotiating ploy, or if Clemens is serious about seeking $22 million from the Astros for 2005.

Either way, though, he appears to have Houston owner Drayton McLane over a barrel.

Suck it up Drayton. Beautiful move by Clemens, especially after the Astros offered Beltran $17 M per season and only paid Clements $5 M last year. Based on my gut feeling and without looking at other CY Young winners' salaries, a Cy Young winner is worth much more than $13.5 per year. And, Clements draws a significant crowd. Well worth the $22 million.

- Chris
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