Once upon a time, Pedro Martinez was the best starting pitcher in the game.
As a member of the Boston Red Sox, Pedro dominated hitters on the mound. He was brash and arrogant, but he was great.
After helping the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series, Pedro was going to be a free agent and he was one of the big names on the market.
However, he was 33 years old and had a lot of mileage on his arm. Boston wasn't rushing to offer him a major deal, and there was rumblings of if the Yankees would try to pry away one of their biggest enemies.
The Yankees didn't even have to try because the team that plays six miles away ended up snagging Pedro, as the Mets got him on a four-year, $53 million deal.
He had one good season with the Mets, his first one in 2005, because after that, Pedro was never the same pitcher.
He spent a lot of time on the disabled list and his velocity disappeared, which allowed hitters to tee off on him.
He was hated to begin with for being a long-time Red Sox. Imagine if he had signed with the Yankees, then spent most of it on the DL?
Getting Randy Johnson in a trade ended up being a better move in the short-term.