Former Congressman: Roger Clemens “has suffered enough”

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Former Congressman Tom Davis, who was co-chair of the committee which recommended that Clemens be investigated for perjury following his testimony, said yesterday that he thinks the Justice Department should cut bait on the prosecution and that Clemens has already “suffered enough.”

The suffering, Davis said, was the millions in legal fees Clemens has had to pay plus the reputation hit Clemens has taken throughout the process.  He also doesn’t take the underlying act of a ballplayer taking steroids to be all that serious in the grand scheme:

“Everybody’s going 55, it says 40, all of a sudden then start enforcing it, you get caught. That’s steroids,” he said.

Interesting enough, I suppose.  Worth noting, however, that Davis chaired the oversight committee when it first called ballplayers before it way back in 2005 and is probably more responsible than anyone for making steroids in baseball Congress’ business in the first place. So if he’s now suggesting that it’s meaningless and a waste of time, it’s quite a change of heart for the guy, no?

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?