One-year offer being discussed

Updated: January 10, 2004, 1:27 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Roger Clemens is expected to decide by next week whether he will play for the Houston Astros this season, according to a broadcast report.

Astros owner Drayton McLane and the agents for Clemens, Randy and Alan Hendricks, met Friday for about two hours.

"Roger has indicated sometime in the next week he would make a decision," McLane told Houston television station KRIV. "So they updated me on that."

McLane said he hasn't extended an official offer to Clemens, but that there have been discussions on the financial details of a contract.

"No definite decisions have been made," McLane said.

McLane said he is confident the two can reach a deal.

Randy Hendricks said Wednesday that he expected a decision during the final two weeks of January.

Clemens has been deliberating since Andy Pettitte, his close friend and former New York Yankees teammate, agreed to a contract with the Astros last month.

The Houston Chronicle reported in its Friday editions that Astros owner Drayton McLane has given Clemens the parameters for a one-year contract offer.

"Drayton has made it clear he wants to sign Roger, and we have discussed financial parameters," Clemen's co-agent, Randy Hendricks, told the newspaper. "The issue is not whether Drayton will make an offer. Rather, it is whether Roger will play."

McLane told Houston television station KRIV that he had given Clemens' agents a range during a general discussion in December on parameters of a one-year agreement.

"There was no serious discussion or negotiation about money and there has been nothing serious on that since," McLane said. "No deal is imminent. Roger still has to make a decision on whether he will play."

Clemens, 41, announced his retirement at the end of last season with the Yankees. He lives in Houston.

Clemens was 17-9 with a 3.91 ERA while throwing 211 innings in 33 starts last season.

Clemens' agents have had numerous discussions with McLane over the past few weeks about the possibility of Clemens pitching for Houston.


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