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Phillies Will Watch Pedro Throw

8:02pm: Phillies manager Charlie Manuel doesn't seem to think Martinez is the answer to his club's pitching woes (quote courtesy of MLB.com's Todd Zolecki):

"What I saw of him last year was, basically, he could give you five or six innings, probably," said Manuel.  "His fastball is going to be 85-90, 86-90, somewhere in there. ... I think the five-inning pitcher, I think you can find those guys. Also, for myself -- and don't get me wrong, I want anybody that can improve our team, that means pitcher or position player or whatever -- but at the same time, I'm a firm believer that in the Major Leagues today, if you go back and look and you look at All-Star teams and things like that, the good pitchers are young pitchers. Young pitchers with high-ceiling stuff, plus they're good enough right now to throw strikes."

6:19pm: David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News has confirmed that the Phillies will watch Pedro throw tomorrow in the Dominican Republic.  Special assistant to the general manager Charlie Kerfeld will be on hand.

11:18am: MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that the Phillies will scout Pedro in the Dominican Republic today or tomorrow.

9:21am: Andy Martino of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies will scout Pedro Martinez in the near future to see if he can contribute to their injury-depleted rotation. Last week, Jon Heyman reported that the Phils had discussed Pedro, and they now have renewed interest. 

However, there's been no suggestion that Pedro will accept an offer worth less than $5MM prorated. The Phillies have more payroll flexibility than most teams, but that doesn't mean they'll use it to sign the Cooperstown-bound right-hander.








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