In yet another development in the AL East arms race, the Red Sox have reached an agreement with free agent Matt Clement on a three-year, $25 million deal. Clement, 30, went 9-13 for the Cubs last year with a 3.68 ERA.

Assuming Shawn Green relents to being sent to Phoenix, there is one bright side to the Yankees getting Randy Johnson. After Steinbrenner has the Unit’s mustache shaved and tar-riffic mullet hacked off, children across the country will have fewer nightmares. If Brian Cashman can just work out a trade for James Hetfield, we might be seeing some real social progress.