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Pedro Martinez plans on pitching this year

Apr 5, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

Pedro Phillies cap.jpgWatching Pedro lob up last night’s first pitch while wearing a baggy jersey and a pair of old man slacks gave off the impression of a man retired. Not so, says Pedro:

Pedro Martinez did not exactly light up the radar guns with his
ceremonial first pitch, or lob, last night at the Red Sox-Yankees opener
but he has every intention of cranking his 38-year-old body up for
another major-league contract this coming season . . . He expects to start throwing on a program this coming week with the
intent of signing a similar type of deal that he got done with
Philadelphia. The Phillies could wind up being his destination this
season as well but as he said earlier today, “We’ll see what happens
with that.'”

I like the rent-a-Pedro model much more than I liked rent-a-Clemens back when the Rocket did it. If Clemens had worked out all winter and committed to the season you get the sense that he could have done better during those last two years. With Pedro, you just know he can’t hold up to a whole season anymore, so why even try?

All that said, I’m not at all certain that Martinez gets the deal he wants. There was a lot of smoke and mirrors with Philly last year. His race might just be run.

  1. MN_Chris - Apr 5, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Doe he want to Close?
    Please send resume to
    1 Twins Way
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    or call
    Phone Number: (612) 659-3400

  2. Ziggity - Apr 6, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    I hope Pedro gets a contract. Even if just to make him retire with pride. He should take a hint from Mike Mussina, and go out with class.

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