Wednesday, January 10, 2007

In the baseball notes column in Sunday's Globe, Red Sox principle owner John Henry told the Globe's Nick Cafardo Boston was still interested in pursuing Roger Clemens: "We feel that Roger coming back to finish his career in Boston transcends a lot of obstacles. We feel he is the greatest pitcher in history. We want to see him come full circle. All of New England wants to see this." Clemens's agent Randy Hendricks said he recently heard from the Red Sox: "We have talked, and Boston is one of three teams special to Roger," said Hendricks. "He has not decided whether he will play, and I don't think he will decide for some time. We have discussed a shortened season, similar to last year. If he decides to play, I am sure he will consider Boston. I also am sure it will be a tough decision, just like last year." In a Friday conference call to introduce first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters he was not close to signing any pitchers: "I have nothing hot going with any free-agent pitcher right now," he said. Cashman declined to comment on his team's interest in free agent Roger Clemens, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. With a deal in place to send Randy Johnson to Arizona, the Yankees will make a strong push to bring Clemens to the Bronx, a baseball official told the Star-Ledger. Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte said he expects to see Roger Clemens back on the mound in 2007, though Clemens did not tell Pettitte he was coming back, according to a story in the New York Post: "I would have to imagine he is going to play," said Pettitte. "He continues to come back and continues to be the best pitcher in the league. Why wouldn't he play? I am sure he will come back and play. Who with? I have no idea."

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