slomo007 wrote:If I were the Red Sox, there's NO way I would pay Pedro $13 million unless there are performance clauses in the contract. We all know Pedro can pitch like a $13 million a year pitcher, but it's virtually guaranteed that he won't pitch like a $13 million a year pitcher.
I honestly am surprised that this was the first offer made, I mean for one thing I would have started much lower (around 8 or 9 a year) and then I wouldn't have gotten near 13 (probably around 11 max). Truth be told, I think Pedro is about a $8-9 million/year pitcher, but because of his ability to pitch well in key games, his hate for the Yankees, and his fan base in Boston, I could see going up to $11 or so....but definitely not 13.
Luckily I'm not a Sox fan, so this wouldn't be so bad...just so the Rangers don't go outbidding the Sox by some ridiculous amount like one other contract I can think of in the recent past.
edit: poor word selection.
Pedro has been and can be a dominant ace for a staff. He had an off year in 2004 and was still much better than the league average pitcher. $13 million really isn't that much of a stretch and I would be highly surprised if there isn't 5-6 teams out there willing to pay more than that for him.