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BASEBALL Clemens wants $22 million



Published: Wed, January 19, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



His salary arbitration request is the highest in major league history.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

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 retire.

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 was 18-4 with a 2.98 ERA and 218 strikeouts this past season.

Twins' Santana seeks raise

American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana asked the Minnesota Twins for a raise to $6.8 million in salary arbitration and was offered $5 million.

Santana went 20-6 with a league-leading 2.61 ERA and 265 strikeouts, helping the Twins win their third straight AL Central title.

Around the League

The Colorado Rockies agreed to contracts with right-hander Jason Jennings and lefty Joe Kennedy. Jennings got a $7 million, two-year deal that includes a club option for 2007, and Kennedy accepted a $2.2 million, one-year contract. . . . Florida Marlins right-hander Josh Beckett agreed to a $2.4 million, one-year contract, leaving the team with no players in arbitration. The deal represented a 59 percent raise for Beckett despite a 9-9 record with a 3.79 ERA and three stints on the disabled list in 2004. . . . Former Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract. . . . The St. Louis Cardinals and left-hander Rick Ankiel agreed to a $400,000, one-year contract. . . . Former All-Star shortstop Jimmy Rollins and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a $3.85 million, one-year contract, and versatile infielder Placido Polanco also avoided arbitration with a $4.6 million contract for 2005. . . . The Boston Red Sox agreed to one-year contracts with second baseman Mark Bellhorn and right-hander Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo will make $1.85 million and Bellhorn $2.75 million. . . . Pitcher Jarrod Washburn agreed to a $6.5 million, one-year contract with the California Angels, avoiding arbitration along with pitcher Scot Shields and catcher Jose Molina. Shields agreed to a one-year, $925,000 contract. . . . Closer Octavio Dotel and outfielder Bobby Kielty agreed to one-year contracts with the Oakland Athletics. . . . Outfielder-first baseman Craig Wilson and right-hander Josh Fogg agreed to one-year contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates. . . . Left-hander Ron Villone and the Seattle Mariners agreed to a $4.2 million, two-year contract. . . . Third baseman Sean Burroughs agreed to a $1,675,000, one-year contract with the San Diego Padres, nearly five times what he made last year. . . . Right-hander Brandon Lyon and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a $330,000, one-year contract. . . . The Texas Rangers agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract with outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. . . . The Chicago White Sox agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year contract with right-hander Luis Vizcaino. . . . Right-hander Tomo Ohka agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals. . . . The Chicago Cubs agreed to a $12 million, three-year contract with catcher Michael Barrett and one-year deals with center fielder Corey Patterson and reliever Kyle Farnsworth.




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