Pedro Martinez on Colin Cowherd: “He needs to get to my level to answer him. I’m in the Hall of Fame.”

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ESPN announced yesterday that that radio host Colin Cowherd would no longer appear on the network following his offensive remarks earlier this week in which he insulted the intelligence of baseball players from the Dominican Republic.

MLB released a strongly-worded statement condemning Cowherd’s comments, which surely put extra pressure on ESPN to pull the plug. Cowherd is set to leave for FOX soon anyway, so he’s just being taken off the air a bit earlier than originally expected. Of course, FOX is a long-standing rightsholder with MLB, so it will be interesting to see if this has any further ramifications.

Pedro Martinez, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend, was asked about Cowherd’s comments yesterday. The Dominican Republic native had the perfect answer (via Richard Sandomir of the New York Times):

“I’m sorry. He needs to get to my level to answer him. I’m in the Hall of Fame.”

As always, Pedro is the best.

UPDATE: Martinez spoke more about the situation this afternoon in Cooperstown. Check it out below:

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.