Making the Navarro decision even worse was the fact the Sox turned down overtures from Roger Clemens' agents to join up.
"Roger Clemens is over the hill..." -- Ron Schueler.
Turned out he wasn't.
Now you can get all hot and bothered about the possible use of steroids by him but at that time no one knew anything about it in connection with him. For all intents and purposes he was 'clean' at that time based on what was known then.
With them or without them he was still a much better pitcher than Navarro.