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Mets have 'no interest' in Pedro Martinez

May 17, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News the Mets “have the payroll flexibility to add a top starter if they remain in contention” and “recognize that the rotation is the area most in need of help from outside the organization.”
However, “a person with direct knowledge of the Mets’ thinking” told Martino that “the team has no interest in re-enlisting Pedro Martinez.”
Martinez pitched for the Mets from 2005-2008, going 32-23 with a 3.88 ERA while being limited to just 79 starts because of injuries. After sitting out the first half of last season he joined the Phillies’ rotation and went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA and 37/8 K/BB ratio in 44.2 innings spread over nine starts.
He threw seven shutout innings against the Dodgers in the NLCS before losing both World Series starts against the Yankees, which is no doubt part of why Martino writes that Martinez “showed signs of fragility at age 38.” That’s certainly true, but fragility or not he pitched well for the Phillies and teams like the Mets won’t find a better mid-season addition to the rotation without having to part with prospects.

  1. Drew - May 17, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    You know, if the team really has payroll flexibility to add a top starter, you’d think they wouldn’t have immediately passed on Oswalt. Unless something is going on behind the scenes, there’s your top starter. And I imagine the cost in prospects would be minimal given his substantial contract.

  2. Joey B - May 17, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    It again makes me wonder what the financial situation is with the Wilpons. Based on last year, how does Pedro not make sense? I don’t know what his price is, but they need a #4 and a #5, and Pedro doesn’t figure to be any worse than a #5, and should be a solid #4. Do they have any plans to replace Perez?

  3. PC Cabrera - May 17, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Yeah what are the Mets thinking Pererz stinks and he definately is not better than a 38 year old Martinez. The Mets should cut Perez and eat the rest of his salary he is a joke and the loss in salary will save them embarrassment down the road. Sign Martinez and put in as a #4 or #5 in the rotation. bottom line if the Mets don’t do anything they are going ot find themselves very deep in last place than they are not going ot be able to get out of it next year!!!!!

  4. Jonny5 - May 17, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Seriously for a couple million, why wouldn’t they? Just to give the regular starters time off once in awhile he’s worth it. He’s good for one start in 7 days, at least he was last season. Maybe my vision is through rose colored glasses??? I mean I get to watch Moyer every week do it. And he’s wayyyy older…..

  5. Pistol - May 18, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    It’s over for you Peedro , stay home no team wants you .

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