Todd Zolecki wrote that the Phillies are down in the Dominican Republic and they are nearing a deal with Pedro Martinez, reports say. Ruben Amaro Jr. has declined comment. The report came from this site, which unfortunately is in Spanish. It reports that he signed a $4 million deal but that’s not know if it’s with incentives or for how many years.
“We are trying to do what we can to add to our club, and if we feel at the end of the day Pedro is going to help us than we’ll make a run at him,” Amaro said Wednesday.
So what does Martinez bring to the table? Well if he is the only move the Phillies plan on making then Amaro is a complete jack ass. If Martinez is going to be the Phillies fifth starter and JA Happ will be the prime piece in a trade for Roy Halladay, then Amaro is a genius. A move like this is leaning hard on the latter and with Toronto scouting Happ and having interest in Jason Donald can only lead to good news.
Martinez is 214-99 lifetime with a 2.91 ERA. He last pitched in 2008 with the Mets, going 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and 80 K’s in 20 starts (109 innings).