you just have to wonder how much money these guys need
APNewsBreak: Clemens asks for $22 million in arbitration
By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer
January 18, 2005
NEW YORK (AP) -- Roger Clemens filed for a record $22 million in salary arbitration on Tuesday, and the Houston Astros offered the seven-time Cy Young
Award winner $13.5 million.
The Rocket, who helped lead the Astros within one win of their first World Series appearance, still has not decided whether to pitch this year or
Until now, the highest figure ever submitted for arbitration was $18.5 million in 2001 by New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who then agreed to a
$189 million, 10-year deal.
The highest salary ever earned by a pitcher in a single season was $17.5 million, last year by Boston's Pedro Martinez.
Clemens, 42, left the Yankees after the 2003 season and intended to retire. But after former teammate Andy Pettitte signed with the Astros, Clemens
was persuaded to sign with his hometown club.
He took an undermarket deal that guaranteed him $5 million, of which $3.5 million was deferred without interest until July 1, 2006. Clemens earned an
additional $1,825,000 in bonuses based on his selection to the NL All-Star team and Houston's home attendance, which was more than 3.3 million,
including the postseason.
The $8.5 million spread between his figure and the Astros' was exactly double the previous high in salary arbitration -- the Yankees filed at $14.25
million with Jeter in 2001. The midpoint of $17.75 million is just above the highest listed salary for a pitcher this season -- Randy Johnson's salary
with the New York Yankees is calculated at $16.5 million, including a prorated share of the $1 million personal-services contract he agreed to with
the Arizona Diamondbacks before he was traded.
Clemens had a remarkable season, going 18-4 with a 2.98 ERA and 218 strikeouts. As he did last winter, he says he is leaning toward retirement but has
not ruled out playing.
Astros outfielder Lance Berkman, who is eligible for free agency after next season, asked for $11 million and the team offered $10 million.
If settlements are not reached, hearings before panels of three arbitrators will be held next month.