Because Huston Astros did not know whether Roger Clemens’ decision is, they declined to offer salary arbitration to the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, which means United States might be the only team that Clemens will play in 2006.
Of course, Clemens can still sign with other Major League team, like New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox or Texas Rangers, and he can still join the Astros after May 1.
Clemens still wants to pitch for the United States in the inaugural World Baseball Classic next March.
Based on his agent, Randy and Alan Hendricks, Clemens’ performance in the WBC could play a part in the decision. “I expect that will be a form of a litmus test to see how feels about playing mentally and physically,” Hendricks said.
Randy Hendricks said that Clemens’s goal was to pitch one inning in WBC; it does not seem if Clemens wants to have a major role, but he might do something amazing.
Hendricks said Clemens’s preseason preparations are intense, so he must determine by January or February if he wants to commit to all of the work again. Right now Clemens is not involved in his usual off-season baseball workouts and is not close to pondering whether he wants to return.
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