Pedro May Still Be in the Cards

January 2, 2009

New York Baseball Digest’s baseball insider, Joe DeMayo, made reference to Pedro Martinez during his spot this past week on NYBD Radio. DeMayo made light of the possibility that the Mets may still have some interest in signing the right hander as a fifth starter.

This entry below was originally posted on November 20, 2008, from the site, New York Monitor. It touches on some important concerns facing the Mets’ organization regarding the evaluation of the veteran pitcher.

November 20, 2008

With Mike Mussina set to retire this off-season, the New York Yankees’ level of urgency to sign big name front line pitching just went from yellow to red. On the other side of town, the New York Mets find themselves in a similar quandary in which questions and concerns regarding right handed pitcher, Pedro Martinez, are starting to linger.

“I’d be very surprised if he came back to us,” a member of the Mets’ hierarchy has said.

“We’re going to need some arms at the back end of the rotation, so he could be in the mix for that if he wanted to come back. But we’re not even sure he’d want to pitch for the kind of money he’d probably get.”

Upon entering the 2008 season, Martinez was expected to be at or near full recovery from the arm surgery that sidelined him for most of the 2007 season. In his first start of this past season, he tweaked his hamstring and was then placed on the disabled list. Once he returned to the starting rotation, he was forced to perform the remainder of his starts which were compounded with the disheartening loss and emotional strain of his father’s passing.

“He’s definitely coming back,” his agent, Fernando Cuza has said. “He’s got all the baggage behind him. He’s ready to go get it. It’ll be fun to see the old Pedro again.”

The thirty-seven year old Martinez most definitely seems like a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame but in terms of the Mets’ present plans for their rotation his acceptance may not be so certain.

“Pedro was a big piece of the organization getting back on its feet,” general manager Omar Minaya has stated.

When Martinez was brought over to the Mets in 2005, they made sure to roll out the red carpet. But this time around, a bathroom rug may be all that the Mets can afford to offer.

“I think the Mets are a possibility. They know him better than most. They know the condition he’s in. They know about the personal problems that affected him last year. When Pedro’s healthy, he’s one of the best, and he’s healthy,” Cuza added.

As much as we all love Pedro, I would rather the Mets concentrate on balancing out their rotation. Assuming all goes well regarding their bid for right-hander, Derek Lowe, and for arguments sake, the Mets decide to approve the go-ahead and sign Pedro Martinez; the rotation will be heavily dominated by right-handed pitching. Experts will tell you that this may pose a problem against their stingiest rival, the Philadelphia Phillies, who have a strong left-handed lineup.

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