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 didn't fare well in his Cactus League debut, giving up three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out none in a two-inning start.
This was not the start Clemens was hoping for when you consider he is one of several options vying for a rotation spot on the Opening Day roster. All of the damage was done on a three-run shot by Nelson Cruz in the first inning. Clemens has struggled with keeping the ball in the yard, allowing 1.8 HR/9 in 71.1 innings last season. The 29-year-old will have to show more this spring if he wants to stay in competition for a starting job, let alone make the 25-man roster.
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.
Clemens took a no-decision after allowing one run on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in six innings against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Clemens completed a season-high six innings to earn his first and only quality start in 14 starts this year. That had more to do with San Diego limiting his pitch counts, as he exceeded 90 pitches only once during those outings. Clemens struggled for most of the summer after making his season debut on June 20, but seemed to figure things towards the end of the season. Over his last four starts, he flashed a 0.83 ERA while limiting opponents to a .169/.229/.286 batting line. If he's turned the corner, he may prove to be a useful fantasy option in 2017.
Clemens (4-5) allowed one run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts over five innings in a win Tuesday over the Dodgers.
Clemens still isn't going deep into games, but he has found a groove over his past three starts, as he has allowed just one earned run on nine hits over 15.2 innings in that span with an 8:2 K:BB. He is still very much pitching to contact -- he drew just four swinging strikes in 64 pitches -- but he is using spacious Petco Park to his advantage (nine flyouts) and has lowered his ERA to 4.27. He could be working his way into consideration for a rotation spot next season with this late-season run.
Clemens allowed two unearned runs on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts over 5.2 innings and took a no-decision Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
Clemens had an ERA of 5.44 through his first 13 starts but hasn't allowed an earned run in either of his past two. He has just six strikeouts over 10.2 innings in those two starts, but has kept the ball in the yard and walked just two batters. He'll be able to survive in Petco Park if he can continue to pitch with such solid control, even if his results are likely to be unspectacular without better ability to miss bats.
Clemens (3-5) threw five shutout innings with three hits, a walk and two strikeouts in Monday's win over the Giants.
Clemens was pulled after just 74 pitches in his best start of the year thus far. In nine previous outings of three innings or more, Clemens had yet to give up fewer than four hits or two runs. He still owns a rough 4.94 ERA and a 40:28 K:BB, so we'll need to see more like this before we can believe it's a new normal.
Clemens (2-5) allowed five runs on nine hits and three walks and struck out three over four innings in a loss Tuesday to Boston.
Clemens hasn't managed to go more than five innings yet in 11 starts this season. He just hasn't shown good enough control to last deep into ballgames, as Tuesday's start marked the fifth time he was walked at least three batters. If he can't lower his 4.9 BB/9, he'll struggle to keep his rotation spot.
Clemens (2-3) pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out six Cubs in Wednesday's loss.
Clemens five runs allowed Wednesday were the most he's given up in an outing this year. That was offset somewhat by a season-best six strikeouts and no walks, but ultimately the 28-year-old wasn't much of a match for the Cubs talented lineup. Since debuting with the Padres on July 4, Clemens is 1-3 with a 6.47 ERA. Needless to say, the righty is best left on the wire under a majority of formats.
Clemens (2-2) clogged the bases with runners Thursday, allowing eight hits and three walks in five innings, but limited the damage to only three runs in a no-decision against Arizona.
This was a near twin of Clemens' last start -- both times, he gave up three runs over five innings with a 3:3 K:BB. Unfortunately, that's about the most we can expect from the 28-year-old righty, leaving him useless in the vast majority of fantasy formats.
Clemens (back) has been confirmed as Saturday's starter against the Phillies.
Clemens downplayed the back issue that forced him off the hill last weekend, saying immediately following the game that he would not miss his next scheduled start. He has indeed gained clearance to face Jake Thompson and the Phillies, and will look to earn his first win with San Diego after coming over from Miami on a waiver claim at the end of June.
Clemens says the back tightness that forced him to leave Sunday's start early won't force him to miss his next scheduled start, Bill Center of Padres.com reports.
Clemens is currently stated to start Saturday against the Phillies. It doesn't sound like the injury he suffered Sunday is major, and unless he tweaks it mid-week, expect him to make that start as scheduled.
Clemens departed from Sunday's game in the fifth inning due to lower-back tightness.
The extent of the injury remains unclear, but that will likely be revealed following some medical tests. Clemens is next scheduled to pitch next Saturday against the Phillies, but a timetable confirming whether or not he will make his next start should come at some point during the week.
Clemens left Sunday's start in the fifth inning due to injury.
The exact cause of his departure remains a bit unclear, but he was replaced by Matt Thorton during Sunday's contest. Making just his second start for the Padres, the 28-year-old was used out of the bullpen prior. If he misses his next potential turn in the rotation, the team may need to call up another pitcher.
Clemens (1-1) gave up three runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts to take the loss in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against St. Louis.
He may share a last name with Roger Clemens, but Paul certainly is no relation. Through 18.1 innings in the majors this year, he owns a deplorable 14:12 K:BB and has given up a stunning seven homers, so there's not much room for him on fantasy rosters. One has to imagine he's on the fringe of even being on San Diego's roster.
Clemens will start Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals after Tuesday's game was postponed, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Dennis Lin reports.
Clemens will get the nod in the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader, although he may not stick in the rotation after that start, as the team simply needs a sixth starter this week. He has been pretty poor in the big leagues this season (4.73 ERA in 13.1 innings) and was only slightly better at Triple-A (4.30 ERA in 75.1 innings), so there is not much cause for optimism Wednesday.
Padres GM A.J. Preller named Clemens and Edwin Jackson as possibilities to replace Drew Pomeranz in the rotation.
That first start could come as early as Sunday, when Pomeranz was next scheduled to start for the Padres prior to his trade to the Red Sox. Clemens has spent most of the season in the rotation with Triple-A New Orleans in the Marlins' system before getting claimed by the Padres off waivers, after which they used him in the bullpen.
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