Curt Schilling has opted to remain in Boston, and Red Sox fans received an early holiday present last week when Mike Lowell didn't accept the best contract he was offered and decided to keep working at Fenway Park. Someone who will also receive a World Series ring, however, definitely won't be with the Red Sox next season.
Curt Schilling has opted to remain in Boston, and Red Sox fans received an early holiday present last week when Mike Lowell didn't accept the best contract he was offered and decided to keep working at Fenway Park.
Someone who will also receive a World Series ring, however, definitely won't be with the Red Sox next season.
Matt Clement hasn't pitched in a major league game since June 14, 2006, but was still a member of the Red Sox this year. The three-year, $25.5 million contract that Clement signed with Boston prior to the 2005 season proved to be a bad investment for Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein.
Clement finished 13-6 with a 4.57 ERA in 2005, but was terrible against Chicago in the playoffs. He was 5-5 with a 6.61 ERA in 2006 before he was sidelined by a shoulder injury. Clement underwent arthroscopic surgery that year to repair tears in his rotator cuff and labrum.
This year, the 33-year-old right-hander spent most of the season undergoing physical rehabilitation in Florida. Clement pitched two simulated games for the Red Sox in September before returning to Fort Myers to participate in the instructional league.
Although the Red Sox haven't displayed any interest in signing Clement to a new contract, he does have suitors.
San Diego was the first club to admit that it might want to sign Clement, something that was stated two weeks ago by his agent, Barry Axelrod. Clement made his major league debut with the Padres in 1998.
More recently, Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi admitted last week that the Blue Jays have considered signing Clement.
"We've always liked Matt and we've had some conversations with his agent," said Ricciardi during a conference call. "I think it depends on what Matt's looking for and what he thinks is going to help his career to get back to where it once was."
Coincidentally, the Blue Jays were in Boston last September when Clement pitched one of his simulated games. Although he was just throwing to some of the Red Sox' reserve players, Clement said following his outing that he felt good and was able to throw all of his pitches. Reportedly, Clement also threw well in the instructional league, which is very informal.
It's likely that other teams have also expressed interest in Clement. The fact that Clement is still only 33 is a factor in his favor, but his next contract won't come close to matching the deal he signed with the Red Sox. The best Clement can probably hope to receive is a one-year contract that includes incentives.
The Red Sox ended up paying Clement $25.5 million for a total of 19 victories.
Sox hurlers honored
This won't come as a surprise to anyone, but Josh Beckett has been elected the Red Sox Pitcher of the Year and Jonathan Papelbon is the club's Fireman of the Year.
Both pitchers will be honored at the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner, which will be held Jan. 17 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel. Tickets are $135 apiece and can be obtained by sending a check to Boston Baseball Writers Dinner, P.O. Box 7346, Nashua, N.H., 03060.
Art Davidson is a Daily News staff writer. He can be reached at 508-626-4403 or email@example.com.