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Pedro Martinez turned down offers from "several teams"

Aug 5, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

This headline from an Associated Press story tells us what we already know by now. No, Pedro Martinez will not pitch this season. The interesting part, however, is that he said he turned down offers from “several teams” over the past two weeks.

Martinez said he was “very happy” to receive the offers and called them “very tempting,” but that he plans to spend the rest of the year with his kids and going on vacations. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told us last month that the 38-year-old right-hander had yet to throw off a mound, so if true, he’s hardly in baseball shape, anyway.

Any guesses on who the teams may be? I’m thinking the Phillies, Cardinals and Dodgers, just off the top of my head.

Martinez hasn’t ruled out pitching in 2011, but I’m starting to accept the very real possibility that Game 6 of the 2009 World Series was the last we’ll ever see of him. Kind of a bummer, really.

  1. BC - Aug 5, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Probably the last long-term superstar pitcher we’ll ever see that retires with a sub-3.00 ERA (2.93).

  2. Philip P - Aug 5, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Agreed at least in terms of current established pitchers. If the likes of Hallady (3.33 career ERA) and Santana (3.12 career ERA) are not already below 3.00, they will not be able to pitch well enough, long enough to finish with a sub 3.00 ERA for their careers. Now, if the “year of the pitcher” turns into an era of 10+ years, you may see a Strasburg or Jimenez type pull it off but the odds at this point would not be favourable.

  3. Ace2000 - Aug 5, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    That could be. Lincecum (2.94) and Wainwright (2.98) are both under 3.00, but that sure doesn’t leave much room for error as they age. Man, what a reminder of how incredible Pedro was.

  4. TheWizard - Aug 5, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    I’ve never understood why J.A. Happ was relegated to bullpen duty while mr noodlearm pitched in the Series.

  5. brian - Aug 5, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Anybody here old enough to remember from whence Pedro came? The Dodgers shipped him off to Montreal for a bag of balls and a rosin bag…how’d that deal work out huh? With brother Ramon at the top of his game at the time he might have been able to teach young Pedro a few more tricks! Imagine that won’t you?

  6. beaverdam - Aug 5, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    “From where” or “whence”, not from whence.
    Still, fascinating – I always thought he started in Montreal.
    Really sorry he couldn’t pull it off against the dastardly Yankees, but can’t see him back. Wish him well.

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