From the Houston Chronicle today:
Agent stresses Clemens uninterested in Cardinals' offer
By JOSE DE JESUS ORTIZ
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle
Roger Clemens reacts to latest speculation
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – On the same day reports out of St. Louis surfaced that the defending World Series champion Cardinals had interest in Roger Clemens, the future Hall of Famer’s agent made it clear the righthander isn’t interested.
Houston-based agent Randy Hendricks reiterated what Clemens said last week: If the seven-time Cy Young Award winner plays a 23rd season in the majors this year it will be with the Astros, Boston Red Sox or Yankees.
“Let me repeat: Houston, Boston, New York,” Hendricks said. “One of only three teams will be picked if he plays, and he hasn’t decided. I don’t know why they think they have to start the story over again.”
It won’t be with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Texas Rangers, Cardinals, New York Mets or any other team that might be interested.
“He’s going to play for Houston if he plays in the National League,” said Hendricks, who visited Clemens at Osceola County Stadium along with his brother Alan and two of their associates with Houston-based Hendricks Sports Management. The Hendricks brothers also visited with Astros righthander Chris Sampson, another of their clients.
Clemens was not aware of the St. Louis reports as he walked into the minor-league clubhouse to work with the Astros’ minor leaguers early this afternoon.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” he said. “I’m just not going to comment on any of it. I didn’t see the story.”
Asked if he still held the same stance he mentioned last week regarding his consideration of only the Astros, Red Sox and Yankees if he plays, Clemens, 44, didn’t hesitate.
“Yeah, sure (do),” he said. “That’s what I’m assuming right now if that happens. But that’s the least of my worries right now.”
Randy Hendricks has received numerous calls and e-mail from media – including Mets’ beat writers - inquiring whether Clemens will consider the team they cover.
“I haven’t talked to anybody with the Mets (front office about Clemens),” he said. “I think about it; it’s obvious they’re a contending team and they’re in New York.”
Just so he could make his position clear, Hendricks was asked if the Devil Rays already had been eliminated from the Clemens sweepstakes.
“They’re out of contention for signing him for their team, as the Washington Nationals are and Seattle Mariners,” he said. “The Harris County Senior Softball League though has a place saved for him. AARP is sending him an early admission card.”
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