New York fans once again exhibit their incredible baseball savvy, urging the Boss not to sign a great major league pitcher away from their division rival. One can argue all day about whether Pedro is worth 14M per year, or whether he’s seen his best days, but the idea of snaking your rival’s number 2 pitcher is smart for two simple reasons: he’s better than anything you have at the moment and you subtantively hurt your rival.
I know all the reasons that Yankees fans might cite to say no to Pedro. Maybe the Yankees could allocate their (nearly) unlimited resources in a smarter way, but that would mean spending much more cash on developing a viable farm system, on paying better scouts, and on being more patient with prospects. But since that’s not going to lead to immediate success in the short-term, why not spend money in the bank on great, proven pitchers? I have a feeling the Yankess could afford both Pedro and Pavano, if they really wanted them, and if that’s what the front office thought they needed. Signing Petey doesn’t prevent any other moves, as far as I can tell.
The roles have been reversed – wasn’t it the Sox who used to go after the Yankees retreads (Mike Torrez comes to mind) in an attempt to catch the best? I wouldn’t really love Pedro in pinstripes, but something about the potential angst in the Big Apple should Pedro start apartment hunting would be so satisfying. The primadonnometer in the Yankees clubhouse might break!