Sunday, May 06, 2007

Our Long National Nightmare Is Over.

Roger Clemens has decided to grace the suffering Yankees with his presence for several months of the season after a few warm-up starts in the minors (which will be overcovered to the point of nausea by ESPN and the ilk) The Boss will pay him a pro-rated $26 million for the rest of the season, which equates to about $4.5 million per month.

Will this solve the Yankees' pitching problems, and catapult them to the top of the AL East? Don't bet on it. It's hard to bet against Clemens, but it's worth noting that he's been pitching in the National League for the past few years, and the lineups in the AL are superior (and this isn't only on the DH alone.) Let's also add that adding Clemens does nothing to solve the Yankees' overused bullpen; in fact, he may exacerbate the problem, as he does not regularly throw 7 innings any longer. The Red Sox pen is not only more reliable, but gets a hand from starters like Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, and Tim Wakefield (who is a real big innings eater at times because the knuckler doesn't take as much off his arm.)

This solves only half of the Yankees' problem.


rstiles said...

I'm a Yankees fan and I'm glad Clemens is back...but not for $4.5 million a way...

Signal to Noise said...

That's a lot of money. I think that's about a million a start, if he's getting about four or five starts a month, right?