The DominiCon Man
Paydro Can't Let Go, Still Whining About Leaving Champs,
Sox Negotiating 'Tricks'
"I don't miss the media - at all; don't miss the talk (radio) programs that they have on WEEI. Don't miss any of the negativity that was around there. Pretty much all the negatives that everybody sees, I don't miss." -- 6.30 Martinez to Boston Herald sportswriter Michael Silverman
Lucchino: 'Pedro had a demonstrable injury, in his case in his shoulder'
“It seems like the negotiation that never ends, that one that comes up every once in a while. He’s having a wonderful year there and I guess we should try to be gracious about it but we made a very strong effort to sign him, maybe he doesn’t see it that way, we certainly did. I especially wanted him here, made a major effort to get it done but for the last minute improved offer that the Mets threw out there we had the best offer that he would have received from any of the other 29 teams in baseball by a considerable amount. So it was really that lightening struck at the last minute for him and I think that explains the negotiation more than anything else.
“There was discussion about that (voidable contract) early, early on in the negotiation. That was in the previous year right after Pudge Rodriguez signed a voidable contract because he had a demonstrable injury, in his case in his back. Pedro had a demonstrable injury, in his case in his shoulder and after there was a question whether Pudge’s contract was going to become commonplace, or at least used in other circumstances with other players, and that was thrown out that he would have a contract and if his shoulder went out, actually nice thing about that is that he was receptive to that, he said to us ‘listen I don’t want to be paid if I’m hurt and I can’t pitch, I don’t think that’s fair’ so there was some discussion about it early, but that was not the past year, but the year before that.”
-- 6.30 Larry Lucchino to WEEI's Dennis and Callahan