The big hurt

So, Roger Clemens will be making almost $9,000 for every pitch he throws this season, but at this point, that’s likely a relative bargain for the Yankees.

Consider the case of Carl Pavano, who the Yankees want to seek a third opinion on his injured shoulder. Over parts of just two seasons (2005, ’07), New York’s oft-injured investment, signed to a four year, $39.95 million deal prior to the ’05 season, has thrown just 1,704 pitches (1,552 in ’05, only 152 this season) over the course of the deal. That’s a neat little sum of $23,444 per pitch the Yankees have devoted thus far into Pavano.

Pavano is doing even better in ’07 for himself: $65, 789 per pitch, and could be done for the season.

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Just to emphasize how bad that is (as if you couldn’t grasp the point), disabled brother in arms Matt Clement, signed to a three-year, $25.5 million deal by the Red Sox the same winter has tossed a total of 4,344 pitches (3,182 in ’05, 1,162 in ’06) to the tune of $5,870 per pitch.