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The Dodgers may be talking to Pedro Martinez

Jun 24, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

The Dodgers could use some pitching help, and some have speculated that they could be in on the Cliff Lee frenzy. For now, though, general manager Ned Colletti is setting his sights a bit lower: free agent pitchers such a Pedro Martinez, Braden Looper and Jarrod Washburn.

He’s not said that he talked to any of those guys specifically, but he tells the L.A. Times today that he has inquired about
free agent pitchers.  You figure Pedro would be the main target given that, when he has pitched, he’s basically been effective whereas Washburn and Looper are no guarantees even if they weren’t rusty as hell by now.

Dodgers fans would probably be more interested in watching Martinez anyway.  Not as interested as they would have been to watch him back in the mid-to-late 90s as opposed to having Delino DeShields around, but I’m sure they don’t want to be reminded of that painful memory.

Oh, um, sorry.

  1. Jay Seaver - Jun 24, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Maybe he’s mellowed a bit on this subject now that he sort of has to take what offers he can get, but I have a hard time imagining Pedro going back to L.A. He’s a proud man who repeatedly made reference to holding a grudge against the Dodgers, from saying he’d return to Montreal and play for the minimum before returning to the Dodgers (admittedly, this shows that the comment was made a while ago) and saying that he was hurt when his elder brother Ramon signed a contract with the Dodgers at the end of his career. Time heals all wounds, of course, but some folks heal slowly.
    I see the phone call going like this:
    Ned Colletti: So, we’re looking for pitching help, and wondering what Pedro is looking for.
    Pedro’s agent: Well, he’s looking for… Oh, wait. There’s a note on the file. Let me call him.

    Pedro’s agent: Mr. Martinez would like to know whether Tommy Lasorda is still employed by the Dodgers.
    Colletti: Yes, technically, but only in a ceremonial capacity–
    (line disconnects)

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