How acquired: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees for David Wells, Graeme Lloyd and Homer Bush.
How did the first Roger Clemens tenure turn out in New York?
The Yankees made waves across New England in the winter of 1999 with the acquisition of Clemens from the Blue Jays.
The Rocket's arrival in New York could have been seen as a total impossibility a decade earlier as he was entrenched in the Boston Red Sox rotation. However, the Red Sox were unable to re-sign him after the 1996 season and he signed a lucrative four-year, $40 million contract with the Blue Jays.
Clemens would go on to have a successful two-year stint in Toronto where he was awarded back-to-back AL Cy Young Awards. His success in Toronto spurred the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to pursue a trade for the former Red Sox great.
His first stint in New York was a good one as he provided the Yankees a top-of-the-rotation anchor to go with Andy Pettitte, Orlando Hernandez and an aging David Cone. He best season by far with the Yankees came in 2001 when he captured his sixth Cy Young Award. Clemens posted a 20-3 record that season, leading the Yankees to their fourth straight World Series appearance against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Clemens would pitch two more seasons with the Yankees after their World Series loss to the Diamondbacks. It seemed like Clemens was headed for retirement after the Yankees' 2003 World Series loss to the Florida Marlins, but he chose to come back and pitch for the Houston Astros.
The first Clemens stint with the Yankees was successful as he captured another Cy Young Award and helped lead the Yankees to two World Series championships. He finished his first go-around with a 77-36 record and a 3.99 ERA.
The Yankees didn't lose much in the trade with Toronto, either. Wells and Bush both wound up finding their way back to the Bronx. Lloyd was a key part of the Yankees' 1996 World Championship team, but had fallen down the pecking order in the bullpen with the emergence of Mike Stanton and Jeff Nelson.
Most Yankees fans will agree that the first Clemens go-around was successful. It probably would have been more successful if he had stayed in the Bronx and not taken a detour to Houston.