Apparently Newsday was so good, they scooped even Clemens’ agent and the team he signed with:
The 43-year-old Clemens, who will be entering his 23rd major league season, is agreeing first to a minor league contract that pays $322,000 over the five-month minor league season, and his first start is likely to be June 6 at Lexington, Ky., the Class A team where his oldest son, Koby, plays.
If all goes well, his second minor-league start would be June 11 at Double-A Corpus Christi, Texas, followed by a start June 16 at Triple-A Round Rock, Texas.
Clemens announced his return Wednesday at a news conference.
I find it hard to believe that the Hendrivks brothers and the Astros’ GM had no idea a deal was about to be done when they issued those ridiculous denials, both of which were along the lines of: "I’ve never heard anything like that, and don’t you think I would know?" I have a word for people who lie to journalists, but it’s not very nice.