With all the buzz over CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe, one name has been largely ignored among free agent pitchers.
He's a three-time Cy Young winner and five-time All-Star. He's younger than Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Curt Schilling and (of course) Jamie Moyer. He claims he's healthy and ready for a strong season in 2009, and he probably could be had for a one-year, incentive-laden contract.
So who wants Pedro Martinez anyway?
No one, apparently. And can you blame the league's general managers, really?
Martinez's agent has made it clear the right-hander is ready to go, and that he would like to return to the Mets.
In return, the Mets pretended not to hear, turned toward the window and cranked up their IPod, like you do when the guy next to you on the bus tries to start up a conversation.
Actually, what they really did was say this, through an anonymous source: "We're not even sure he'd want to pitch for the kind of money he'd probably get."
Translation: "Will you play for the league minimum, Pedro? We didn't think so."
As great as Martinez once was, it's hard to justify pulling out the checkbook for this guy, as it appears the numerous innings on his slight frame have simply taken their toll. Here are Pedro Martinez's numbers the last three seasons (keep in mind that over the previous 11 seasons, Martinez averaged 204 2/3 innings) …
So will the last three seasons of relative inactivity help Martinez have a resurgent season? (Remember, no one wanted Kyle Lohse last year) Or was 2008, when he was horrible even when healthy, a sign that it's time to hang up the cleats?
But if you need pitching, as most teams do, he's probably worth taking a flier on, provided the contract is short and you don't get into a bidding war. For what it's worth, Rotoworld projects Pedro will return to Canada, this time to play for the Blue Jays.
RUINING NEW YORK'S FUN
There is an interesting story here on teams that might play spoiler to the Yankees' and Mets' efforts to corner the market on free-agent studs.
The main teams Gotham will have to watch out for?
Another team that might break the bank for Teixeira? How about the Red Sox?
And what will Yankees fans do if their team doesn't get Sabathia, Burnett, OR Lowe? Yikes. Perish the thought!
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