Matt Clement: Who is interested?

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Matt Clement, 33, is coming off two injury plagued seasons, as he has made a combined 12 starts in the past two seasons (all in 2006), yet he figures to have no shortage of suitors this winter. With the lack of SP available in the FA market this winter, there figures to be a number of teams to inquire about the right-handers availability. Clement pitched for the Chicago Cubs from 2002-2004, where he combined to go 35-36 with a 3.80 ERA while striking out 576 batters in 587 innings. He failed to find equal success in his switch to the AL with Boston, but he did manage the fleece the pants off Theo Epstein during his stay there. If Matt Clement would like to return to form, a switch back to the NL would be most beneficial.

Accoridng to Toronton Sun, The Blue Jays have expressed an interest in Clement. I am not sure he’ll be thrilled about a return to the AL East. Other teams said to be rumored include the Arizona Diamonbacks, San Diego Padres (with whom his MLB career began), and the Colorado Rockies.

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Kerry Wood on Theo’s Wish-List?

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According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox could be targeting Kerry Wood to improve their bullpen. Wood appeared in 22 games for the Cubs in 2007, pitching in 24 1/3 innings out of the pen while posting a 3.33 ERA. Wood could be an intriguing option for a number of teams, but his injury history will is always a cause for concern. He is worth the risk, depedning on the contract he is given. If a guarunteed lucrative deal is somehow offered, we could be looking at an Eric Gagne sized fleece. I would expect an incentive-laden deal wherever he signs. The Cubs remain interested in the 30-year old right hander.