Padres Editorial: Boom or Bust! All-Time Best/Worst Free Agent Pitchers Part I

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Mandatory Credit:

#4 Roger Clemens, New York Yankees (2007) 1 year-28 million

On May 6th, 2007 during the 7th inning stretch of a Yankee game, Roger Clemens appeared in George Steinbrener’s owner’s box. Shortly thereafter, it was announced the 44-year old would sign a one-year, $28 million dollar contract. Clemens was clearly on the downside of his career and failing to show for spring training (let alone the month of April) rubbed some of his Yankee teammates the wrong way.

He would go on to compile a 6-6 record and a 4.18 ERA for the Yankees who failed to win it all. That works out to roughly $4.7 million per month prorated, or slightly over $1 million dollars per start! What a horrible investment made by the free-spending Yankees. To essentially rent a player for six months and disturb the harmony in your clubhouse. Tisk Tisk