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Sign Roger Clemens, please!

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I know, I know. Deep down inside, I was hoping that Nomar Garciaparra would be our shortstop / first baseman this year. But no, he signed with the Dodgers. Yes, I also really want Ichiro to be our center fielder this year, but I know it really doesn't make sense for Seattle to trade their greatest player / reliable cash cow. (It's even questionable as to whether Ichiro would make the switch over from right.)
Beyond those unrealistic dreams of a biased sox fan, there is one signing this off-season that really would make sense: the Sox need to sign Roger Clemens.

Here's why it makes sense for the Sox:
  • The Sox have extra cash from the lack of a Johnny Damon signing.
  • Roger Clemens led all started pitches in MLB last year with a 1.87 ERA over 32 games and 211 innings pitched. Great pitching defines a great team.
  • By signing Roger, the Sox would be able to use either Bronson Arroyo or Matt Clement as trade material to address the team's gaping holes, easing Ben & Jed's temptation to blow up the farm system.
  • Roger would be a great mentor for young pitchers like Jonathan Papelbon, Jon Lester, Manny Delcarmen, and Craig Hansen.
  • The entire Red Sox Nation is in love with Mr. Clemens. The signing would provide some much needed positive press for the boys on Yawkey Way. Fans would go balistic whenever he pitches. He could lose every single game and still be the greatest gift to
Here's why it makes sense for Roger Clemens:
  • The Sox would be (and need to be) willing to work with Roger's schedule (i.e.- not having to travel with the team, fewer starts, etc.). First of all, he's a 43 year-old family man. Second to that, he's a guy who still wants to play baseball.
  • Clemens would be able to have his number retired at Fenway with lots of pomp and circumstance. How great would #21 look on the wall of Fenway Park?
  • Roger already has a proven track record at Fenway, a ballpark which usually favors hitters.
  • Mr. Clemens would finish his career off at the top, solidifying himself as a superstar in Red Sox Nation. (What pinstripes?)
  • Roger has kept a lot of his New England ties.
  • I'd take him out to dinner.

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