Re: Rumor: Cardinals close to signing Matt Clement
Pirates Notes: Thrilled with Garcia
By John Perrotto, Times Sports Staff
Published: Sunday, December 30, 2007 1:27 AM EST
RUMORS AND RUMBLINGS
l It appears most likely free-agent pitcher Matt Clement, who missed last season with Boston after undergoing shoulder surgery, will sign with either the Pirates or Cleveland. He wants to stay close to the new home he built in Butler this year.
Clement is hopeful of landing a major-league contract, something Pittsburgh doesn’t seem willing to offer.
l Could it be Kris Benson redux with the Pirates? They were one of nearly a dozen teams that scouted his workout before Christmas. Like Clement, Benson is a free agent after missing last season while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Another couple of possibilities is Pittsburgh and Cleveland. It might be Cleveland because they would give him a better contract, and he would be close to his new home in Butler.