Pedro Martinez – Four Years LaterOctober 6, 2008
Was the signing of Pedro Martinez by the New York Mets a good one? That is the question that I have debated with friends every since Pedro signed a 4 year, $53 million deal back in 2005. My response to the question is YES, Pedro was a good signing and here is why:
During Pedro’s four year career with the Mets, he went 32-23 with 3.80 ERA. In all actuality Pedro only really had one effective year, that was in 2005 when he was 15-8 with a 2.82 ERA. The Mets made the playoffs once during the Pedro era and they did not won a World Series.
So you ask, how can his signing be a good one? Well I think with Pedro you have to look at more then just the numbers. I think you have to look at the entire Mets organization, where they were in 2004 compared to where they are now. They Mets finished twenty games under .500 in 2004, they were fresh off of trading Scott Kazmir to Tampa Bay and they were a down right embarassment to Major League Baseball.
I said it then, and I’ll say it now. They Mets did overpay for Pedro BUT they needed to do it. The Mets needed to sign Pedro Martinez to energize their fans and bring some credibility back to their organization. In 2004, one year before Pedro, the Mets sold 2.3 million tickets. During the first year of Pedro in New York, the Mets sold an additional 400,00 tickets (2.7 million). So in the first year of Pedro the fans saw that the Mets were starting to turn it around and more came out to the park to show their support.
I also feel that Pedro’s signing lead to other free agents coming to the Mets. A year after Pedro signed, the Mets signed Carlos Beltran, they also ended up signing others like Billy Wagner and convincing Carlos Delgado to waive his no trade clause and come to the Mets. Even though they have not made the playoffs the last two years, they sold over 4 million tickets this year for the first time in team history. I think it’s safe to say they Mets are relevant again and you can look back to the signing of Pedro Martinez as a key milestone in helping the organization turn it around.