August 21, 2004

Whew. It's true. The Red Sox claimed Roger Clemens when the Houston Astros put him on waivers on July 29. When the waiver period ended, Boston had two days -- until August 4 -- to work out a deal. When nothing could be finalized (Kevin Youkilis was a sticking point, apparently), Houston pulled Clemens back.

There is little/no chance of the Astros putting him on waivers again, because this time it would be irrevocable, and whoever had the claim could have Clemens simply for the cost of his salary. ... I would have found it impossible to root for Fat Billy, so while I understand why Boston put in a claim, I'm relieved a deal was not made.

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