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Roger Clemens is ready to help the Astros organization

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Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said he and Roger Clemens have worked out an arrangement that will slowly bring the seven-time Cy Young Award winner back into the organization.

Crane told FOX 26 Sports Clemens will be there for him whenever he needs him.

"We think that Roger can be a positive influence on the team based upon what we discussed today and that's what we want to move forward on," Crane said in a telephone interview from Kansas City.

Clemens signed a 10-year personal services contract with the Astros that was to begin after he retired in 2007.

However, Clemens has been focusing on his legal issues.

He was found not guilty last month of all charges in his federal perjury trial.

Crane and Clemens flew together to Kansas City, site of the All-Star Game, on Monday and watched the Home Run Derby.

"We played golf today and just visited and kind of went over some of the things he could do with us in the future," Crane said. "He wants to come back slowly and do some things for the community and he's willing to help us out any way he can. Nothing big this year. We'll just kind of work our way into it.

"He's got a contract with us and he's more than willing to fulfill that. We want to use him on some things and he's more than willing to do that."

Crane said Clemens will be involved in a few events this season.

"I think you'll just see him at some of our bigger events as the year progresses with the anniversary and then hopefully toward the end of the year, the beginning of next year, he'll work his way in doing some community stuff, doing some visits with the customers and then hopefully helping with some instruction in spring training."

Crane definitely wants Clemens to work with the players in the Astros organization, which he said will be handled by Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.

"When we get back we'll sit down with Jeff and we'll get a meeting together and go over how that might work moving down the road," Crane said.

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