Roger Clemens to write a book? Sure. Why not?

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At this point, why not?

Roger Clemens might write a book to get his side of the story out in
his nasty dispute with Brian McNamee, his former trainer . . . “I’ve
already written one book earlier in my career. … At this point there
have been many conversations about me sitting down to write another
one, and I guess that is a real possibility.”

Amazon actually has him down as the author of two books, one with Peter Gammons and another with Jonathan Mayo.
Given that they’re both about how incredibly awesome he is, one can
only assume that they’re fiction, so maybe Roger isn’t counting these.
There’s only one little snag to this potential book deal, however:

In addition, a federal grand jury in Washington is investigating
whether Clemens lied when he told a Congressional committee that he
didn’t use performance-enhancing drugs.

Because it’s always a good idea to provide a grand jury with 200 pages
of new information when you’re facing a perjury indictment. Some of
your answers may have been ambiguous and unchargeable! What a public
service it would be for Clemens to provide enough context to them to
render the lies in full, clear relief. Obviously this book is a bad
idea that no good lawyer would ever allow is client to write.

Thankfully, though, Rusty Hardin is Clemens’ lawyer, and based on
everything he’s done for Roger thus far, there’s no reason to believe
he’s a good lawyer. As such, we may very well see this wonderful book
on the shelves by Christmas!

Report: Yankees, Reds finalizing trade for Sonny Gray

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Barring physicals and roster reshuffling, the Yankees and Reds are all but ready to finalize a deal involving right-hander Sonny Gray, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported Saturday. The exact return has not been confirmed, but Heyman hears that the Yankees will receive top infield prospect Shed Long and a draft pick in exchange for Gray, with an as-yet unnamed third player possibly involved as well.

According to several reports earlier in the day, negotiations came down to the wire as the Yankees first had their eye on the Reds’ no. 6 prospect, 22-year-old catcher Tyler Stephenson. The Reds ultimately elected to hang on to Stephenson and send Long to New York, as they currently have a greater need for catching depth and weren’t expected to be able to provide a full-time role for the infielder in 2019. Long, 23, is ranked seventh in the Reds’ system and appears to be nearing his MLB debut after batting .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and a .765 OPS across 522 PA at Double-A Pensacola last year.

Gray figures to step into a prominent role within the Reds’ rotation, which is likely to be a mix of recently-acquired left-hander Alex Wood and right-handers Tanner Roark, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani, and Tyler Mahle, among several others. Despite Gray’s struggle to remain productive on the mound — he’s three years removed from his only All-Star campaign and turned in a disappointing 4.90 ERA and 2.16 SO/BB rate in 2018 — he might yet help stabilize a team that trotted out the fifth-worst rotation in the majors last season. If, on the other hand, the veteran righty finds the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park a little too unforgiving this year, the Reds can take some comfort in the fact that he’s due to enter free agency in 2020.