Oh, you thought you were done?
It is the trading deadline, after all, and weíve yet to hear the name of one Roger Clemens.
With the season slipping away for the Astros, the Houston Chronicleís Richard Justice floats the possibility of the Yankees or Red Sox inquiring about the $22 million pitcher who is 2-4 on the season.
Thatís $11 million per victory. Sound investment.
Granted, Clemens has pitched well enough to be 7-0, allowing no more than two earned runs in any one start, and giving up a grand total of 11 since his return in late June. But, letís say it together, ďIn the National League.Ē Very good.
Despite the Astros being 47-53, they are just six games behind the Reds for the wild card lead. Gotta love the inferiority going on the senior circuit. Octoberís World Series ratings should be at an all-time low because we all know baseballís champion will emerge from the ALCS.
Sooner or later, the Astros have to succumb to the fact that the miracle rebound of 2005 isnít going to happen, and once they do that, they may start dealing. Clemens could be a chip in that regard.
At least Houston can stay confident in the fact that itís got some time on its hands. You think Clemens wonít get through waivers to either the Red Sox or Yankees? Itís not as though Oakland is going to put a claim in and risk taking on $10 million or so in salary.
Or, we could just pretend the Astros have a shot so we don't have to endure Clemens Watch yet again. What's six games, right?