The New York Yankees never stopped calling Roger Clemens, offering him George Steinbrenner’s riches for four months of services. Astros owner Drayton McLane and general manager Tim Purpura had preliminary talks, but they were hesitant to discuss anything beyond a three-month tour for the seven-time Cy Young Award winner.
The Yankees lured Clemens back with a pro-rated $28 million one-year deal, which will pay him about $4.5 million a month as soon as he is activated on the major-league roster. Just like the $22 million pro-rated deal that paid him about $12.6 million over three months with the Astros last season, Clemens signed a minor-league contract so he can work his way into shape before competing against major leaguers.
“Make no mistake about it, the Yankees were in both my ears the whole time,” Clemens, 44, said at his New York press conference.
Clemens’ signing re-unites him with his good friend Andy Pettitte, who left the Astros via free agency on Dec. 22 to return to the Yankees.