On this date in 2005, Roger Clemens agreed to a one-year deal worth $18MM with the Astros, making him the then-highest paid pitcher in baseball history. The Rocket filed for $22MM in salary arbitration while Houston countered with just $13.5MM. He was coming off a season in which he posted a 2.98 ERA with 9.2 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 214 1/3 innings and won his seventh career Cy Young Award.
Here is this week's batch of links…
- SF Giants Rumors has a Q&A with Pablo Sandoval, including a short but exclusive video of one of his lifting sessions. You'll notice that Kung Fu Panda had shed quite a few pounds this winter.
- Fishstripes sat down for a chat with Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
- Yankeeist interviews former Yankee catcher John Ellis.
- Red Reporter wishes the Reds would have locked up Joey Votto for more than three years.
- Harness The Halo believes the Angels can be major players for Albert Pujols next offseason.
- The Tao of Stieb thinks the arbitration filing figures are an indication that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista are willing to work towards a long-term deal.
- Drunk Jays Fans sifts through some recent Blue Jays related news.
- The Blue Jay Hunter does the Manny Ramirez dance.
- The Nats Blog discusses the topic of trading draft picks.
- Rooftop View wonders if a long-term deal for Carlos Marmol is a good idea.
- We Should Be GMs flashes back to two Phillies extensions signed on this date.
- Royals Review takes a premature look at Kansas City's 2012 roster.
- The Process Report analyzes Kyle Farnsworth's intimidation factor.
- Bless You Boys looks at Phil Coke's changeup and his transition to the rotation.
- Baseball Time in Arlington muses about Michael Young's flexibility.
- The Friarhood wants to see the dimensions of Petco Park changed.
- Camden Crazies posted 2011 projections for Derrek Lee and Matt Wieters (Lee, Wieters).
- Splashing Pumpkins compares two Matts, Cain and Garza (part one, part two).
- Crashburn Alley has a humorous take on Kyle Kendrick's arbitration case.
- Prospect Insider meanders about some Mariners news and notes.
- Baseball Analysts looks back at the Cardinals' offseason.
- More Hardball reviews some questionable offseason roster moves.
- At Home Plate ranks the five best offseason moves.
- Purple Row debuted its newest feature: Rockies Roster.
- Beyond The Box Score ranks reporters by their offseason scoops.
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