CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow confirmed that Houston will send at least one scout to watch Clemens pitch and see if he can contribute on the big-league level.
The bar is not set very high to make it on the current Astros team, who are marching to potentially 110 losses this year.
But they are not the only one of Clemens' former teams that need him. The Boston Red Sox are not just faltering down the stretch. They may have their first 90-loss season since 1966.
They are currently in the middle of a grotesque west coast swing where they have lost all five games they have played so far, making it a losing trip no matter what they do in Oakland and Seattle. They have been outscored in the five games by a combined 48-13.
That is a bad sign for the pitching staff, which has let up five runs or more in 13 of their last 18 games.
How can Clemens not be an improvement? How can bringing Roger Clemens back to Boston be a bad thing?
Are the Red Sox worried that his arrival would become like a circus? Have they watched this season? Barnum and Bailey would have been proud of the 2012 Boston Red Sox.
From the Youkilis fiasco to the controversies at the Fenway Park celebration to blaming Kelly Shoppach for a text message to Johnny Pesky's funeral to the trade heard round the world, the whole year has been one off-the-field mishap after another. What harm would one more make?
Are they afraid that Clemens will destroy the team's chemistry? Good, because the current chemistry has been blowing up in everyone's faces more often than a Warner Brothers cartoon.
Would the front office be worried that the fans might not want to see him pitch for the Red Sox again? Boston fans would rather see a 50-year-old Roger Clemens walking around Fenway than John Lackey at any age. Red Sox fans would rather pay money to see Roger Clemens dragging his bones on the mound than Alfredo Aceves blowing leads and getting Dustin Pedroia angry.
Maybe people object to his PED use? Possibly some people could, but would those same people then also want David Ortiz back?
Besides, after hearing about all of the beer and fried chicken consumed by the Red Sox staff, wouldn't it be refreshing to have a pitcher who is putting a substance into his body to improve his performance?
Give it a shot, Red Sox (no bad steroid pun intended). If Clemens wins a single game in a Red Sox uniform, then he breaks the current deadlock he has with Cy Young for the all-time win record in franchise history.
Seeing Clemens return would give fans a reason to show up to a Red Sox game beyond masochism. Sure it would be a freak show, but at least this freak show will be on the field.
It would turn back the clocks to the run between 1986 and 1995 when, after years of no Boston Octobers, Clemens helped pitch the Red Sox into the playoffs four times.
Turning the clocks to any year other than 2012 would be a good idea for the Red Sox.
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