Now this came out of nowhere and man is this huge. With Kenny Rogers looking to miss at least three months of the season, the Tigers acted quickly to replace him in the rotation by signing sure thing Hall of Famer Roger Clemens to a one year, $22 million deal. I guess Clemens figured, why play for the Yankees when you can play for the team that beat the Yankees in the playoffs. On top of that, the Tigers threw a bunch of money at him and if the Tigers weren’t favorites before, they’re definitely at the top now. I haven’t heard whether there’s any weird travel clauses in his deal like Clemens had in Houston but regardless, the Tigers rotation just got much more solid.
Last year, Clemens made three or four minor league starts so Chad Durbin will probably fill in for a couple of weeks until Clemens can get back into the swing of things. Late April at the latest before we see him in a Tiger uniform. And how cool is it that Clemens might be going for win number 350 in Comerica Park.
This is definitely a historic day in Tiger history. Mark your calendar. Better yet, check your calendar. What day is it?