May 17, 2010, 1:45 PM EST
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.
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