ESPN.com reports that the Mets have finalized their deal with Pedro Martinez, and as expected, they've paid too much and signed for too long:
"Martinez was introduced at Shea Stadium on Thursday, a day after he passed his physical and the Mets finalized his $53 million, four-year contract."
As Peter Gammons showed, Pedro is still good, but he's gotten progressively worse, and that will no doubt continue over the next few years. I guess having that chip on his shoulder all these years has taken its toll.
Of course, the beautiful news in all this is that the Yanks avoided the disaster that would have ensued had Steinbrenner decided to pull rank on Cashman and sign this guy. Poor Willie Randolph, though! Not only does he have to coach the Mets, but he has to coach the prima donna pitcher with the rotting arm and poor attitude.