J.P. rolls the dice with Matt Clement

Friday, December 12, 2008  |  by 

Luckily, J.P. Ricciardi returned back from Las Vegas with more than just a wicked hangover.

The Blue Jays officially signed pitcher Matt Clement to a minor league deal. I'm not sure exactly what this means, but I think it paves the way for Clement to hopefully be a #3 or #4 starter next year. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that if he makes the team after spring training, they only have to pay him the league minimum salary which is only $400,000 dollars.

This signing comes with relitavely no risk - if Clement is a total bust in spring training, then he will just go back to waiting tables at TGI Fridays (or whatever he's been doing the past 2 years). In his All-Star season, Matt Clement went 13-6 with a 4.57 ERA in 2005. Unfortunately, he hasn't pitched in a major league park since 2006, so he might be a little bit rusty.

It might not have been the Rafael Furcal or Ben Sheets, but at least it was something. The Blue Jays didn't completely waste their time at the winter baseball meetings; coming back with at least one new player is better than coming back with none at all.


  1. My thinking is that one of these reclamation projects has got to work one of these days.

    That being said, I'm cool with the kids getting a chance to pitch. Let's see what they can do.

  2. McGowan, Marcum and Litsch were all welcomed surprises to the rotation in 2007. Somebody will step it up this year, maybe Purcey or one of the kids?


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