Pay-dro?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pedro Martinez looked like he was having a good time. A real good time. Of course, I'm referring to the sickening video of Pedro and legendary Hall of Famer Juan Marichal laughing at a gruesome cockfight in the Dominican Republic last year (talk about a loosey goosey era). But Pedro seems to be enjoying himself a whole lot less these days; acting more like the chicken without its head than the one in the stands laughing with his empty.

They say the most energetic time of a chicken's life are the seconds after someone chops its head off. The same seems to ring true, with Pedro's career, as he lives it up in the WBC, chopped off from any Major League team. Martinez is pitching quite well with his birth pals from the Dominican Republic striking out good looking batters, reaching low 90's with his fastball, and keeping the opposing team scoreless. But is this the end for Pedro? Does he have enough in the tank to give us one more (decent) year or would we just be setting him up to lay another egg?

Yesterday, after the Netherlands eliminated the Dominican Republic in Round 1 of the World Baseball Classic, Martinez told reporters he has had offers to pitch in the major leagues since he filed for free agency, but chose to remain a free agent so he could dedicate himself to the WBC. Right, and I was going to be signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but after realizing my first true love is sewing, I politely declined the offer.

Will the Mets make the (first) offer to Pedro? SHOULD they make an offer to Pedro? Well, knowing our luck, if they do sign him to a one year deal he is probably going to make us all want to climb under the rubble in Shea. If the Mets' hold back from taking him on board for one more year, the Reds will sign him and he will produce a 15-6 record with a 3.11 ERA, striking out 185 batters and coming in 3rd place for the Cy Young. But that's exactly our dilemma. Young. He is not as young as he used to be (duh, who is?) and he is relying more on craftsmanship (hello Tom Glavine) and less on the strength of the fastball (not by choice though).

Can he be the Pedro of his yesteryears? Can he lead the Mets' to victory the way Napoleon led the French to victory? Can Pedro be the New York Mets' dynamite? (Okay, I had to use the Napoleon Dynamite reference. After all, we're discussing if we should "Vote For Pedro"). Oh, and for all you history buffs out there, the French never did win a military victory. Google it.

To pay or not to pay. That is the question. Pedro has been said to be looking for John Smoltz money (no, it's not a currency. It's what he got with the Red Sox. $5.5 million). We all know by now the Mets are not going to pay him that much and we should know by now that he won't want to settle on less. Our only choice? We must dish out the next best thing since sliced bread (which may I add is entirely overrated but something tells me that that is for a different post in a different blog at a different time). We will give Pedro an incentive-laden contract. The Yanks did it with Pettite, the Dodgers did it with Hudson and the Mets should do it with Pedro. You make 30 starts - you get a million bucks. You make 30 DECENT starts (with the appropriate numbers etc.) and we'll give you another million or two. Remember, he will be our number 5 guy so we're not asking for Johan Santana numbers (mmm, you can say that again). Remember, he will be our number 5 guy so we're not asking for Johan Santana numbers (there, I said it).

If he doesn't want it, that's fine. We have a whole bag of potential number 5 starters who would just love to get a chance to don a Mets' jersey in 2009. Not the best bunch of pitchers, but players happy enough to be able to support their family's on what the Mets have offered and given them (yes, Latrell, they are actually happy).

So Pedro, there it is. An incentive-laden contract. You'll be given, along with it, the chance to compete on a team that is very likely to go deep into the playoffs and, hopefully, win it all. You get a starting job, cash, and possibly a ring. That's enough to make Aaron Heilman pee his pants in excitement (more because of the starting job).

So Mr. Martinez, you have my vote... Do you want it or...

Are You Chicken?

16 comments:

wario said...

“Dynamite” blog!!!! Or should I say “Eggcelent”!!!(I hate the fact that my identity has leaked, this is so embarrassing, I have to change it immediately) {This is all your fault eli}……. As we all know by now you are a huge Max Kellerman fan, why? I still haven’t figured out, but maybe one day with my new identity I will… anyone who has ever turned max on, would have heard him rave about vitamin water, Dr. Modell and Pedro… how many pitchers have the credentials that Pedro has?? Not many, even Johan has a while to build his reputation into that of Pedro’s (sorry Johan, no offense).

After watching Pedro baffle those hitters in the WBC, he has plenty more in the tank. The mets would be foolish not to pounce on him…. Besides even if he didn’t, I would still rather see him pitch or even on the bench, then those other clowns…

I believe he was bothered by injuries 2 yrs ago, and last year with the passing of his father, that took a big hit on him… he looks like he is back now and the time is right for the Mets, especially since no one has stepped up this spring for the 5 spot.

Amazing aaron heilman line!!

P.s. I’m changing my identity

Eli From Brooklyn said...

A blog without Wario is like a Mets team without Pedro. (I like Pedro so....).

This is not Wario said...

I agree, thanks for the compliment……. I mean ya I will also miss wario . I heard he was getting death threats from the putz fan…. He will never find him now!!!

Eli From Brooklyn said...

LO Freaking L.

haraz31 said...

We have to sign him he is so much better than Redding and Livan and lets keep Neise in the minors another 1/2 year or so INCENTIVE LADEN and a side order of playoff tickets.

Skeptic Al said...

Great post....Eli you write too well to be from Brooklyn!

Skeptic Al said...

Wario please come back out. We love you, no matter your identity.

This is not Wario said...

thanks al, he just needs some time away from the game... like josh Hamilton if you know what i mean

Skeptic Al said...

Lord this blog is starting to effect my non-waking hours too....I had a dream last night that I was in the Dominican Republic being chased by a gang of chickens, many Pedros, and a pack of barking dogs. Then I woke up and realized that I wasn't in the Dominican Republic but merely in one of those chop shop yards across the street from Shea.

Skeptic Al said...

The weird thing was that there is no Shea...so the dream really doesnt make sense!

Eli From Brooklyn said...

A pack of barking dogs? You sure you weren't with Michael Vick? That must've been RUFF.

This is not Wario said...

lol....al, it wasnt a chop shop it was dunar sanchez's new house

Eli From Brooklyn said...

Steal my next blog idea Mr. Not Wario. Why don't ya.

Skeptic Al said...

Eli...Thats Dunar Sanchez not Duaner...relax!

This is not Wario said...

Speaking of him, will he be a cab driver in miami or work in fast food?

Eli From Brooklyn said...

LOL. He's had experience in both so you never know.