Clemens will sign a contract with the Twins, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports. The details of Clemens' contract aren't known, but it's expected that he's getting a minor-league deal from the Twins after he was cut by the Padres a week after getting throttled in spring training. The Twins don't have much in the way of bullpen depth, so if Clemens performs well with Triple-A Rochester, he could get a look with the big club before long.
The Padres will release Clemens, the club announced Monday. Clemens allowed a brutal 7.50 ERA and 1.83 WHIP over his 12 innings of spring work for the Padres. Considering Clemens had been pitching at or near replacement level for much of his career (4.89 ERA, 1.49 WHIP over 66 career MLB games), his lackluster spring performance left the Padres with little reason to believe he could contribute in 2017.
Clemens surrendered a pair of runs on four hits over 3.1 innings Saturday. He walked two and struck out one in a loss to the Brewers. Clemens continues to struggle this spring, posting a 6.48 ERA across 8.1 innings. His control has been wonky (four walks to four strikeouts) and he has already surrendered two homers. The chances of Clemens making the starting rotation are getting slimmer by the appearance. His best shot to make the 25-man roster would be as a reliever or long man, neither of which will generate much fantasy buzz.
Clemens could still make the Opening Day roster as a reliever if he doesn't earn a rotation spot this spring, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. The Padres look to be taking a "best available" approach to their arms this spring, looking to simply fill roles with the best talent they have at their disposal. Clemens did well as a starter last season (3.67 ERA in 12 starts) and he will start the team's Cactus League opener Saturday, but the bullpen is not out of the question for the 29-year-old.
Clemens will take the hill in the Padres' first Cactus League game on Saturday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. With San Diego's pitching staff shaping up to be near the bottom of the league in terms of talent, Clemens will have a great opportunity Saturday to boost his candidacy for a back-end rotation spot. The 29-year-old journeyman made 12 starts for the Padres in 2016, posting a 3.67 ERA in 61.1 innings of work. His effectiveness will likely come down to whether he can demonstrate improved command of his curveball, which has given him issues at times in the past.
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