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Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Pedro’s ValuePedro wants a bit more than the going rate for his services:
Pedro Martinez wants to pitch in the majors this season, but the three-time Cy Young winner prefers retiring to his fishing boat if the alternative is accepting a Tom Glavine-like contract. Glavine, Martinez's former teammate with the Mets, signed with the Braves for a base salary of $1 million.
As Jason noted earlier today, Pedro isn't exactly in the position to be demanding anything in this market. I find the Tom Glavine analogy particularly instructive. Last year, Glavine threw something like 60 innings with an ERA+ in the mid 70s. Last year Pedro threw something like 100 innings with an ERA+ in the mid 70s. Yes, I suppose 40 innings means something, but I don't think it means nearly as much as Pedro has in mind.
That said, I'm not going to pile on here, because I kind of like his overall attitude about all of this:
Martinez said he isn't annoyed that he's unemployed.
Athletes are different from you and me in that they spend a huge portion of their life in competition. Many of them gear up for such competition by building their enemies up to greater threats than they actually are. This is understandable and probably even useful as they ride into battle. Unfortunately, such a posture usually spills over into the business side of things, with players finding enemies and disrespect in places where, quite frankly, they don't exist.
It's good to see Pedro eschewing that game. He knows he isn't the pitcher he once was. He knows that if he were, people would be beating down his door to sign him. They're not, and that's cool with him, even if he thinks they're making a mistake.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 12:57pm
Jason @ IIATMS said...
40 innings means something (good) when they are GOOD innings. They mean something else (bad) when they are at an ERA+ of 70. I’d rather have 60 bad innings than 100 also bad innings.
Posted 03/03 at 02:12 PM
Rob @ The Card Podcast said...
Sad that the Mets wished Pedro the best of luck in his future endeavors, he will get a check this year at some point when a starter goes down. If he’s done, he provided baseball with some of the most entertaining performances ever from 1998 to 2001.
Posted 03/03 at 02:27 PM
he’s such an idiot. he seems to have coined the “respect” phrase among baseball players.
b/c he won a cy young 8 years ago people are disresptecting his abilities by not giving him the contract he wants?
how could he hold any sort of grudge against minaya?? he’s the guy who paid him roughly 30 million for NOT pitching.
Posted 03/03 at 03:39 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Eric: I read it exactly the opposite way from you. I don’t think he thinks people are disrespecting him. He says himself in the article that he hasn’t pitched well for the past few years and specifically says that he holds no grudges towards anyone.
I think the most he is saying here is “I would like to pitch and make $X, but if I can’t make $X, I just won’t pitch.” He’s saying it as a matter of fact rather than a challenge or a complaint.
Posted 03/03 at 03:42 PM
CC - i’m impulsive
Posted 03/03 at 04:59 PM