Rumors flying that Pedro is getting a guaranteed fourth year from the Mets, vs. three from the Sox, and is about to accept.
So, Pedro, all you wanted was “respect”? It wasn’t about the money? Ha! Making you the highest paid pitcher in team history (er, in baseball history, during his previous contract), guaranteeing you more than the staff ace, guaranteeing you three years in a Boston uniform with a good shot at a fourth via incentives, as well as guaranteeing you a perennial shot at the Series despite what appears to be a sliding career, wasn’t enough “respect”? It’s so tiring, keeping up with the egos of these players. If this deal is true, we can thank Pedro for a great run, for being an artist beyond compare, for being the most watchable pitcher in Sox’ history, but unfortunately we can also look him in the eye and tell him that he lied, without feeling too bad about making that accusation. Theo et. al. did everything they could, if this move is the case, but apparently Omar Minaya and the Mets ownership were better equipped to deliver a $50M ass-smacking kiss of respect.
More later, when this all plays out.
(Disclaimer: this message should not be read as either A) bitterness at the exodus of Pedro, who was a free agent and can therefore go anywhere he wants, or B) as anything illustrating serious concern about the state of the Sox’ pitching staff. Those issues will be addressed later, pending confirmation of this speculated deal).