Signs of the Times
Now for the good stuff. Arbitration numbers came down today, and Roger "the Rocket" Clemens doesn't appear to be handing out any hometown discounts to the team from Houston. Rocket asked for a record $22 million in arbitration. The Astros are a mere $8.5 million lower at $13.5 million.
To give you an idea of what an $8.5 million dollar bump in your payroll can cause, lets look at some other numbers: Johann Santana, the AL Cy Young Award winner last year asked for $6.8 million from the Twins.
Or if you are a fan of real baseball (the National League), Nomar Garciaparra will be making a base salary of $8 million next year.
So, just in case Drayton McLane wanted a seven-time Cy Young Award winner at the front of his rotation... he'd better head over to the ATM now. At $200 per transaction, its gonna take a while to withdraw Roger's first paycheck.