The Boston Herald’s Gerry Callahan reported today that the Red Sox "as we speak are preparing to make a serious offer to one Roger Clemens." Not so coincidentally, it’s a slow news day, with the Phillies’ hot pursuit of the other Alex Gonzalez a top story.
Apparently the Red Sox know Clemens won’t be lured by money (he’s made over $120MM in salary in his career) so they are going a different route:
"The Sox’ pitch will include a slick video presentation that features a number of Red Sox fans imploring the Rocket to finish his career where it began. This is not a Theo idea or a Larry idea; it comes straight from chairman Tom Werner, the Hollywood producer who is making sure the Sox’ sales pitch is Oscar quality. They may not land the Rocket, but Werner is demanding they give it their best shot."
Do Boston fans really want Clemens back? I should put up a poll or something. Regardless, every source I’ve ever spoken to about this insists that Clemens’s options are the Astros and retirement. Roger’s personal catcher is there and the team is bending over backwards to accomodate him. As I said in December, an undeserved promotion of Koby Clemens to Double A might seal the deal. While Koby plays in the Astros’ farm system, his Class A team resides in New York.