Sunday, February 15, 2009
Was it worth it?
It appears as if the Pedro* era is over for the New York Mets.
The Mets have signed Livan Hernandez to a minor league deal, and now it looks like that may have been Pedro's* spot on the team.
Omar Manaya quoted as saying, "I think we are pretty much set and we're going to go forward with the guys that we have."
Translation: No Pedro*.
So now the question has to be asked - was signing Pedro* worth it? Was he worth that four year, 53 million dollar deal?
From a perfomance standpoint - the answer is an obvious "no". He was great in 2005 and the beginning of 2006. Missed most of 2007 and 2008. And when he did pitch in 2008 - his ERA was over 5.50. Probably not what the Mets were looking for, but obviously what the Red Sox expected when they did not give him the fourth year.
But did Pedro* make the Mets important again? Absolutely. His was the first big signing in the "NEW" Mets. He opened the door so guys like Beltran, Degado, Wagner, and Santana would even consider coming to New York for a reason other than the Yankees.
So was it worth it? I think you'd have to say yes.
But was it worth it for Pedro? What's his Mets legacy after the last few seasons? The broken down years, the high ERA, not delivering a Championship, pushed aside for Livan Hernandez....
I wonder if HE thinks it was worth it?