When the Yankees paid through the roof to sign Roger Clemens, I argued that the Red Sox should have out-bid them. My reasoning was simple: there weren’t many pitchers available to improve a struggling Yankees team, and locking up Roger Clemens could have been the nail in the coffin. I still stand by my reasoning, though the numbers suggest otherwise. Check out the horrific breakdown of what the Yankees ended up paying Roger Clemens:
Since the Yankees season is based on 182 days, that means Clemens salary of $28,000,022 was prorated to 115 days. Based on this, Clemens received a total of $17,690,413 for the season.
Using that number, here’s the breakdown:
Per Pitch: $10,748
Per Inning: $175,152
Per Start: $982,801
Per Win: $2,948,402
Yikes! Mark Cuban’s interest rate thinks that’s a lot of money. All I know is this: had Clemens realized he was going to make 10 grand per pitch, he probably would’ve thrown a lot more of them. Just sayin’.
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