P Roger Clemens filed for a record $22 million in salary arbitration today ; the Astros countered with a $13.5 million proposal.

Prior to today, the highest figure submitted in an arbitration hearing was $18.5 million in 2001 by the Yankees’ Derek Jeter (who subsequently signed a 10 year, $189 contract).

The highest salary earned by a pitcher to date was Pedro Martinez’ $17.5 million last season for Boston.

(one of these men is suspected of having taken many strange substances in order to prolong a career that should’ve ended years ago. And the other is Joe Perry).

It’s a good thing Clemens wasn’t expected to travel with the Astros on days he wasn’t scheduled to pitch, otherwise he’d probably have asked for $25 million.

Though it is doubtful this paticular arbitration case will actually be heard, it’s a shame Dan Duquette can’t make the decision.

Closer supreme Eric Gagne and the Dodgers avoided arbitration, agreeing on a two-year, $19 million contact.