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Oh my gosh!

Brian McNamee sues Roger Clemens. Stop the presses! Call Congress! Call President-elect Obama!

The world ends!

Calm down.

Roger Clemen’s former trainer sued him for defamation. Like we didn’t know it was going to happen. After Clemens sued him last spring, it took McNamee until this month to respond with his own lawsuit. I think this was a smart move by McNamee because more and more evidence is coming up against Clemens, especially with the reports that McNamee had to cooperate with federal authorities.

In the end, I see Clemens having to settle out of court with McNamee and probably confessing, and probably being arrested for perjury in Congress.

Aha… happy holidays!

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Jack Curry wrote on the Bats blog at the New York Times that Andy Pettitte’s agents, the Hendricks Brothers are working on getting a contract that does not give Pettitte less than what he earned last year — $16 million.

Let’s consider the facts here:

  1. Pettitte first opted out of his team option last winter. That was for $16 million. The Yankees respected that.
  2. Pettitte was named in the Mitchell Report, and unlike his buddy, he admitted use. The Yankees stood by him. In fact, Mo and Jeter and Posada went to his press conference.
  3. Oh, he also did not tell the team he would be named in the Mitchell Report. Stupid.
  4. Pettitte was average during the first half of the season. Pretty decent enough to be the #3 starter on the team.
  5. Pettitte went into a prolonged slump that continued the entire season. With only one bright start on the final game in the Cathedral, Pettitte was simply awful.
  6. $16 million for a pitcher that did not perform  up to expectations last year is a bit ridiculous.

So, Curry has this to say, quoting Pettitte:

“I mean, to tell you the truth, like I’ve told you all a hundred times, I’ve made it loud and clear where I’d like to play at,” Pettitte, 36, said in a telephone interview. “I’m just basically sitting here letting my agents do their job really.”

What Randy and Alan Hendricks, Pettitte’s agents, are trying to do is to make sure their client avoids a pay cut. Pettitte made $16 million last season, one of the highest salaries in the major leagues for a pitcher, and his agents have stressed that he wants the same salary. The Yankees have offered Pettitte $10 million, and they seemingly have no immediate plans to improve their offer.

“We’d like to have him back,” General Manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday. “It’s come to the arena of trying to achieve common ground on money, which is easier said than done.”

When Mike Mussina’s contract was up in 2006, the Yankees did not pick up the 2007 option for $17 million, but signed him to a new, lower cost 2-year contract for $23 million.

Pettitte should follow that path and get a 2 year contract with a base salary of $12 million, loaded with incentives that could bump up his annual salary to $16 million or more. And Pettitte would be wise to accept it.

Multiple media outlets have this story, but I read it first in the NY Times.

George Mitchell (a.k.a. Red Sox insider) has declared his report successful in helping make changes in baseball.

Mitchell even went on boldly to state that there are less performance enhancing drugs in baseball. That’s an assessment I will agree with. The 409 page report that named names, dates, details and all of the nuts and bolts  shook the baseball world last December.

Most notably one Roger Clemens.

Mitchell’s statement of the day: “I believe we accomplished our objective of providing a thorough and fair accounting about what we learned about how the steroids era occurred, what happened and what ought to be done about it,” he said. “In a report of that length, 409 pages, including thousands of details, names, dates, facts and otherwise, I think it has held up quite well.”

I still find it very, very fishy that no current or former Red Sox player (someone that played during the Steriod Era in baseball and left during his tenure with the team) was named.

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