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Pedro Martinez beginning to draw some interest

Jun 11, 2009, 9:31 PM EDT

Where’s Pedro? Perhaps back in the big leagues at some point soon.

Pedro Martinez, the biggest-name free agent pitcher still on the table
— with apologies to Tom Glavine – is finally starting to draw some
interest.

On Thursday, reports out of Tampa Bay and the Dominican Republic said that a representative of the Tampa Bay Rays watched Martinez throw.

Later, the Boston Globe added
that the Cubs were also at the workout, and that both teams had “begun
to at least explore how much money it would take to lure Martinez back
to the mound.”

Money will be the key, of course. Martinez pitched well in the World
Baseball Classic, and hoped for at least $5 million. No one bit, so
Martinez waited.

Thursday’s Globe report claimed that Martinez threw his fastball at
around 94 mph in his workout, which seems remarkable even if he only
threw a few pitches. This makes me wonder though: are the Rays and Cubs
looking at Pedro as a reliever? That might be a way to save his arm and
keep him healthy throughout the season.

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