The Red Sox offered Roger Clemens an $18 million, one-year deal and wanted him to begin pitching in late June, a baseball source said yesterday.The Team offered a short statement:
Clemens' agent took the offer to the future Hall of Fame pitcher, who instead decided to accept a contract offer worth an estimated $28 million per year from the Yankees. Prorated, the deal will pay him about $18.5 million. Meanwhile, depending upon when he started, the Sox deal would be worth around $10 million prorated.
Clemens said yesterday he plans to be pitching by the end of this month or early June, at least three weeks earlier than the Red Sox wanted him to start due to health concerns they had.
We met with Randy Hendricks earlier this week and, at Randy's request, made an offer to Roger Clemens. We offered a substantial salary and suggested, for health purposes, that Clemens return on approximately the same timetable as last year. Today we learned from Randy that Clemens has signed elsewhere.David Ortiz:
Having Clemens is a plus. But I think they needed him more.Curt Schilling:
It would have been nice to have him, but we didn't need him. We don't need him. It's May. We have a long way to go. But I like this team. I feel like we are legitimate World Series contenders without him.Josh Beckett:
Unless the Yankees decide to trade him to us, we'll just have to move on without him.Schilling:
I like the way this team is composed right now. This team has great makeup and incredible chemistry. ... What's done is done. I'm happy with what we've got.redsox.com:
The Sox began Sunday with the second-best overall staff ERA in the American League at 3.34, with its relievers ranked first (2.28) and its starters third (3.78).