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Could Pedro Martinez be a fit in Texas?

Jan 31, 2010, 8:56 AM EDT

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is back with his usual Sunday column of baseball goodies. Head over there to read the whole thing — where you’ll find an interesting look at the “contract year theory,” as well as updates on Gary Sheffield, Will Ohman, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jarrod Washburn — but what really caught my eye was his update on Pedro Martinez.

According to Cafardo, a few “baseball people” are linking Martinez with Texas, although there’s “no evidence” of such a marriage yet. The Rangers signed Rich Harden this winter, but lack veteran leadership on the staff after trading Kevin Millwood to the Orioles.

We can all agree that staying in the National League would probably be the best move for the 38-year-old Martinez going forward, but imagine what his presence could do for fellow Dominican Neftali Feliz, who already looks brilliant at the tender age of 21.

  1. hardjudge - Jan 31, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Sounds like the stupid move the Rangers have been so capable of making over the years. I hope Nolan has better sense.

  2. bob - Feb 7, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    not if it is a 1 yr deal with incentives… remember they were supposed to pay 12 million (or thereabouts) for Kevin Millwood this year. if he pitched like he did in 2009 fine, but millwood had two below average years for the rangers. if pedro agrees to a 4 million base salary, with 1 million more for incentives and gives them numbers comparable to what he did for the phillies last year, it is a good sign. it will not be too big a risk for texas at 4 million plus.

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