Rosenthal On Clemens, Indians, Pagan

Here's a look at the latest edition of Full Count (video link) from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports..

  • Roger Clemens says that he has no plans of making a big league return this season, but a lot of people with the Astros remain skeptical.  If The Rocket plans on coming back, however, he'll have to do it soon.  Houston begins a seven-game homestand against two non-contenders in the Cubs and Phillies on Monday.  They'll be hosting the Pirates and Cardinals in their other homestand and they could not pitch him against those teams without compromising the integrity of the pennant race.
  • Indians officials are leaning towards retaining manager Manny Acta as they know that a new manager won't make all that much of a difference.  They also don't have to worry about placating their fans as they already rank 28th in MLB in home attendance.  Of course, a poor finish to the season could change their minds about Acta.
  • Giants centerfielder Angel Pagan will be coveted by several teams this offseason and his value to the Giants has only increased since the suspension of Melky Cabrera.  Pagan is also similar offensively, from a statistical standpoint, to fellow free agent centerfielder Michael Bourn.  Bourn is obviously a stronger base stealer, a year-and-a-half younger, and offers a longer track record.  However, Pagan could be a decent alternative to the Braves star.