Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Robothal Seems To Think The Dodgers And Pedro Are A Match
The deal Martinez wants, one executive says, is similar to the one the Red Sox gave righty John Smoltz — a $5.5 million base salary with $5 million in incentives.
You can see Pedro's logic: Smoltz, 41, is coming off shoulder surgery, while Martinez is more than two years removed his last shoulder operation. Martinez made 20 starts last season, Smoltz five.
Still, there is no question that Martinez is a diminished pitcher.
"His stuff is just OK," the executive says. "He will need to have the plus-plus Pedro command to help a team out."
Martinez might show such command and even bursts of increased velocity in his brief WBC stints. But his case will become more convincing if he shuts down Team USA or Puerto Rico in the next round in Miami.
Even then, the Dodgers might be the only club with anything close to $5.5 million available, and their appetite for risk is minimal.
Ned has made a career as GM seeking out risky deals and then one-upping himself to get them done.
Too many pitches and a liner that nearly decapitated him...
That'll do for one day!