Former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette was on The Pulse Network yesterday and the subject of Roger Clemens came up. And when Clemens comes up, so too does PEDs. Duquette had this to say:
“I’ll just say this…let’s let it play out a little bit more, I think
there is more information and evidence that will show that Roger used
performance enhancing drugs in a significant way.”
I’m sure Duquette has his sources, but I’m also guessing that he’s not exactly on the front lines of Roger Clemens’ post-Red Sox life either. So if he knows of information like this, you have to figure a lot of people do too. And if a lot of people do, I have to ask the question I’ve been asking for a couple of years now: what in the HELL was Clemens thinking of escalating this matter like he did?
A number of teams are making calls about Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson these days, as is the general nature of the offseason. Per Jason Kinander of FanSided, there have been some preliminary trade discussions between the Dodgers and the White Sox, though a formal deal doesn’t appear imminent and any potential competition from other clubs is still unknown.
Pederson, 26, has enjoyed quite a run with the Dodgers over the last five years. A perennial 25-home run hitter (when healthy), he slashed .248/.321/.522 with 56 RBI, an .843 OPS, and 2.7 fWAR through 443 plate appearances during the 2018 regular season. Following the Dodgers’ unsuccessful postseason campaign, Pederson agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract in advance of the arbitration deadline, and is currently slated to remain under team control through the 2020 season.
Despite his relative affordability and clear value to the club, shedding Pederson from their roster would allow the Dodgers to pursue the kind of right-handed hitters they need to balance out their 2019 lineup. It’s not certain what the White Sox are prepared to give up, but Kinander mentions right-hander Carson Fulmer, lefty reliever Aaron Bummer, and recent draft pick/third baseman Bryce Bush as a few possibilities.