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'Stros wooed Tanaka with Clemens (and $100M)

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07:35 AM ET 01.23 | Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka may have signed on with one of baseball's highest spending teams, but an offer was on the table to land with one of its lowest spenders. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday the club made an offer to [Masahiro Tanaka] after flying seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens and owner Jim Crane to Los Angeles two weeks ago to meet with the pitcher at a private home. ... Luhnow wouldn't say how much the Astros offered Tanaka, but a source told MLB.com it was more than $100 million. Tanaka reached an agreement with the Yankees on Wednesday for seven years and $155 million. "They called me and said they were going to make the posting fee on him and asked me if I would go with them," Clemens said.

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January 23, 2014  08:01 AM ET

"Come to Houston where we are associating with a PED cheat."

What's not to love about that sales pitch?

January 23, 2014  08:23 AM ET

Interesting how prior reports on teams that were showing interest in Tanaka never mentioned the Astros. Someone is blowing smoke up somebody's butt.

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January 23, 2014  08:46 AM ET
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What did the Astros do to try and get Tanaka? They sent Clemens as an ambassador. Why did the Astros lose out on Tanaka? They sent Clemens as an ambassador.

They couldn't get Roger to stop calling Tanaka "Tojo" and Tanaka wouldn't shake his hand for the fear of getting a contact PED test fail.

January 23, 2014  08:47 AM ET
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"Come to Houston where we are associating with a PED cheat." What's not to love about that sales pitch?

But he did end up in New York:)

January 23, 2014  08:50 AM ET
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But he did end up in New York:)

He's doesn't get to hang around with ARod for a year...

January 23, 2014  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"Come to Houston where we are associating with a PED cheat." What's not to love about that sales pitch?

All sarcasm aside, it does make you wonder what their thinking was with bringing Clemens into the picture.

January 23, 2014  09:09 AM ET

If the Astros wanted to send the face of the organization to meet with Tanaka, they should have sent Bags and Biggio.

January 23, 2014  09:37 AM ET
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They couldn't get Roger to stop calling Tanaka "Tojo" and Tanaka wouldn't shake his hand for the fear of getting a contact PED test fail.

That the problem. It wasn't actually Roger. They goofed and sent Cotton Hill instead. Easy mistake - all Texans sound alike.

January 23, 2014  09:37 AM ET
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All sarcasm aside, it does make you wonder what their thinking was with bringing Clemens into the picture.

True. The guy is a pariah in MLB.

January 23, 2014  09:42 AM ET
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He's doesn't get to hang around with ARod for a year...

But Jeter will still be there.....

January 23, 2014  10:14 AM ET
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That the problem. It wasn't actually Roger. They goofed and sent Cotton Hill instead. Easy mistake - all Texans sound alike.

Cotton kept asking Tojo for his shins back!!!

January 23, 2014  01:01 PM ET
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A visit from Clemens and a promise of $100 mil is still worth only $100 mil...perhaps less.

maybe the Astros shouldn't had called Clemens after all he is a roids user and perhaps did affect the deal with Tanaka's agent!!

January 23, 2014  01:02 PM ET
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They couldn't get Roger to stop calling Tanaka "Tojo" and Tanaka wouldn't shake his hand for the fear of getting a contact PED test fail.

That's friggin hysterical !!

January 23, 2014  02:44 PM ET
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But Jeter will still be there.....

So Jeter is a PED cheat? That is news to me. Please show your work.

January 23, 2014  03:08 PM ET

Someone told him in Japanese the astros suck ?

 
January 23, 2014  03:53 PM ET
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Someone told him in Japanese the astros suck ?

They told him that Japan had a better chance of winning WWII this year than the Stros did of winning the AL West.

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