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And I Would Like a Pony
2005-12-12 09:10
by Jon Weisman

The Dodgers have notified the agents for Roger Clemens, 43, that they would be interested in the seven-time Cy Young Award winner should he decide to pitch again. General Manager Ned Colletti spoke to Randy and Alan Hendricks after the Houston Astros declined to offer salary arbitration to Clemens last week.

- Tim Brown in the Times

2005-12-12 09:17:01
1.   D4P
Acting as if you're interested in signing a $20-million/year superstar (while knowing there's no chance of him taking you up on your offer) is a good PR move.

"Wow, Ned and the McCourts are serious about winning. I feel better now. Sure, they didn't upgrade the pitching staff, but they were interested in doing so. That's good enough for me."

2005-12-12 09:19:03
2.   Colorado Blue
What did Clemens make last year? Like $19M! I'm guessing you'd have to give him the minimum arb number for him to consider: $19M x 0.80 = $14.4M. Unless Frank's pockets are a whole lot deeper than he's letting on, I don't see how.
2005-12-12 09:21:55
3.   Bob Timmermann
Instead the Dodgers are likely to obtain some hobby horse from the free agent market.
2005-12-12 09:22:15
4.   Colorado Blue
2 - Sorry... silly me, it would be $15.2M. Not quite as good a deal...
2005-12-12 09:27:33
5.   Monterey Chris
I noticed that Bob had seven articles yesterday at The Griddle. Jon, as a result, expectations might rise here at Dodger Thoughts.
2005-12-12 09:28:34
6.   RELX
While I agree that it is a nice PR gesture, it aint gonna happen. He's either going to pitch for the Astros after May 1, Texas, the Red Sox or the Yankees. Plus, I don't think it makes alot of sense for us--we are not winning the World Series next year, and Clemens is only a one-year rental.
2005-12-12 09:36:38
7.   blue22
Clemens will probably play in the WBC, show that he's still a top-3 pitcher in the world, and come back mid-season to play for Houston if they are in contention.
2005-12-12 09:39:46
8.   Jon Weisman
5 - As they should.

I'm pretty giddy about Bob and the Griddle. In fact, I'm so giddy they could call it the Giddle.

2005-12-12 09:57:32
9.   Sam DC
funny little anti-DT snark (sort of but not really) brewing in the Just a Bit Outside comments . . .
2005-12-12 10:01:27
10.   vvv
i still believe in santa claus, and i would like a rocket for christmas, or an overpaid lf who doesn't play everyday but is at least a lock for a +1.000 ops
2005-12-12 10:04:07
11.   Vishal
[10] actually, clemens only put up a .522 OPS, but he did pitch really well to make up for it :)
2005-12-12 10:04:45
12.   Vishal
oh wait i read that wrong. i missed the "or".
2005-12-12 10:11:14
13.   Jose Habib
Speaking of the World Baseball Classic, tickets went on sale a few minutes ago. Most of the games are in Anaheim and San Diego.
2005-12-12 12:18:37
14.   scareduck
Does it trouble anyone else that there seems to be a streak of "must have played in Boston first" players? Okay, well, just the Rocket and Manny so far, but never let the facts get in the way of a good story...
2005-12-12 13:59:09
15.   Jon Weisman
14 - It's a lesser sin than claiming the reinstatement of Dodger tradition as an operating philosophy and than abandoning said philosophy all in the matter of weeks.
2005-12-12 14:34:31
16.   Eric Enders
But who could ever like a person that wants a pony?
2005-12-12 15:12:47
17.   Jon Weisman
I think wanting one is okay. Having one is another story.
2005-12-12 16:56:43
18.   Bob Timmermann
If I had a boat
I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat
2005-12-13 03:54:38
19.   Thomas Naccarato
This just in: Ned Colletti, under orders from owner Frank McCourt, has just informed the agents of Cy Young, Rico Petrocelli, Luis Tiant, Jimmy Foxx, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, Pedro Bourbon, Tony Conigliaro, and Jim Rice, and that he is interested in signing them to fat Dodger contracts.

The bombshell though is the preported news that the Dodgers are also in touch with Ted Williams' agents at Alcor International, and they're estimating the slugger's head will be brought back to life to don a Dodger hat by the 2029 season.

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