Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Weekday diversion

Martinez on Way to NY Mets

"The New York Mets are set to complete a deal for Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, grabbing the prize off-season signing from crosstown rivals the Yankees.

The Yankees had also coveted the triple Cy Young Award winner but, according to a report on Major League Baseball's Web Site Tuesday, Martinez told a television station in his native Dominican Republic that he had signed with the Mets.

A four-year $52 million deal is expected to be confirmed later this week after Martinez passes a physical examination for his new team.

Martinez finished last season with a 16-9 record and a career worst ERA of 3.90. The righthander saved his best efforts for the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, pitching seven shutout innings in Game Three and retiring the last 14 batters he faced. "

As a Sox fan, it seems to me that the Henry-Epstein-James axis, a disciplined bunch, probably assume they can replace most of his wins at a much lower price over the next couple of years, ideally without as much wear and tear on the bullpen. We shall see.

As a Mets fan (who likes Pedro a lot), this makes no sense. I was hoping for something creative, not just splashy, from Minaya when they brought him on board. Signing a (very good) six inning pitcher in his thirties to four years, and talking about acquiring guys like Moises Alou suggests that he shares the management's delusion that they're much closer to contending than they actually are.


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