The first three years of Pedro's contract were insured. That was why the three years was a sticking point for the Red Sox. Not having Pedro in 06 and 07 hurt but the Mets weren't hampered by the money. I felt going into 2005 (and was even more confident of it after the season was done) that 2005 would make the entire contract worth it. The Mets now have the potential for a healthy Pedro heading into 2008 being paid a "mere" $11M. This was a great signing then, it's a great signing now and it may look even better at the end of next year. The Cafe is all about stats and production which is fine but it tends to create tunnel vision.
Maine has a good swing for a pitcher but on anything that moves, he has no chance. And if it's a fastball, it has to be up in the zone. Basically, the pitcher has to hit his bat. - Mike Pelfrey