Clemens and Pettitte filed for free agency, and they both are undecided if they'll pitch next year. Jack and I both want to re-sign Pettitte despite his disappointing year. How many stud lefty starters are available with postseason experience? I hope we give him $10 million per year for up to three years. Clemens can go either way. He'll dominate if he pitches, but it's really up to him. I don't like wasting a fourth of our payroll on him, but I guess he practically pays for himself.
The negotiations with Biggio are almost done. Expect something around $6 million, which is twice as much as he should get. But hey, he's a Hall-of-Famer and a great guy.
According to the Chronicle, the Astros have inquired about Jeff Suppan and Woody Williams. It's funny... they are very similar pitchers, but Suppan is younger (32 to 40), can throw a tad harder, he'll probably command a 3- or 4-year deal worth $7 million-$8 million a year. That's overpaying. Woody, meanwhile, has a career 4.09 ERA (Suppan's in 4.60), and last year pitched quite well, even if it was at pitcher-friendly Petco. He would likely take a one-year, $4 million deal from his hometown team. I hope we make it happen.