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Pedro Martinez is again considering a comeback

Oct 28, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

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Veteran pitcher Pedro Martinez sat out for the entire 2010 season because of a lack of personal motivation and an eventual lack of interest from big league teams.  He’s hoping things are different in 2011.

Martinez trained Thursday with the Licey Tigers of the Dominican Winter League and told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he is considering a return to the majors next season.

The left-hander, recently turned 39, posted a nice-looking 3.63 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over nine starts in 2009 while fanning 37 batters and walking only eight in 44.2 innings of work.  He averaged 88.5 MPH with his fastball, according to FanGraphs, and paired that with a 77.1 MPH changeup.

It’s doubtful that a major league team will be open to offering him a rotation spot, no matter how well he performs in throwing sessions this winter, but Pedro still has the goods to be a capable long reliever.  And every club is looking for well-shaven bullpen help.  Zing!

  1. dapperdan18 - Oct 28, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    When did Pedro convert to a southpaw?

  2. pisano - Oct 28, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Go home Pedro and take Manny the Moron with you , both of your acts got old .

    • dapperdan18 - Oct 28, 2010 at 8:13 PM

      Just curious: What is it you don’t like about Pedro? He’s a bona fide character and a prima donna to be sure, but he’s hardly alone in that and he always had a good sense of humor about it. (Remember comments about mango trees and his ‘daddy’?) Most of all, in his prime he was simply one of the great pitchers of all time. I’m happy to say that I saw Koufax in his prime and just as happy that 35+ years later I saw Pedro too.

      If he’s still got enough left in the tank to help some team, I hope he gets the chance.

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