ESPNDallas.com has the clip, which shows Roger Clemens throwing a couple of pitches in a game pitting former University of Texas Longhorns against the current squad. After striking out two in a perfect inning, Clemens discussed the Hall of Fame.
“Well, it’d be fantastic. I’ve said many times there’s little pieces of me there because I’ve had some spectacular games,” he stated.
The possibility of a comeback didn’t come up, even though the 49-year-old Clemens is just a few months older than Jamie Moyer. Clemens, who won 354 games in 24 seasons, will be eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time next year, but he and Barry Bonds are both likely to miss the cut because of their steroid controversies.
The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.