Pedro Would Only Consider Contenders

Pedro Martinez’s agent confirmed that his client wants to play in 2010 and explained that the circumstances would have to be right for Pedro to return to the majors. Fernando Cuza told Andy Martino and Christian Red of the New York Daily News that Pedro won’t play for a losing team.

“It definitely has to be a contending team, one that has a chance to make the playoffs and go deep," Cuza said. 

Pedro, who is working out privately in the Dominican Republic isn’t about to showcase himself for teams, as he did last year. Cuza says Pedro “removed any doubts” with last year’s performance. 

Martinez posted a 3.63 ERA in 44.2 innings for the Phillies last year thanks in part to a rejuvenated fastball. The Phillies downplayed their interest in Pedro, though they have been keeping in touch. The Rangers, Cardinals, Tigers and Reds could be looking for pitching this summer. It’s hard to imagine the Mets bringing Pedro back, but they are looking for top starters.


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  1. 55saveslives 5 years ago

    DFA Wellemeyer sign Pedro :)

  2. Why not the Red Sox, with all their struggles to keep the starting rotation healthy?

    • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

      Plenty of guys in the minors can give up 5 runs per start.

  3. Fangaffes 5 years ago

    Given his huge reception on opening day, is it crazy to wonder if Pedro would come back to Boston as a setup-up man?

    Bard, Pedro, and Papelbon at the back end would REALLY shorten the game.

    • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

      I suspect he wants to start anyway, but I’m not even convinced he’d be lights out as a reliever. He is many, many years removed from the electric stuff he had.

  4. jwredsox 5 years ago

    “Pedro Would Only Consider Contenders”

    So I guess this means the phillies won’t be signing him. jk

  5. jwsox 5 years ago

    he should see if the yankees will sign him, considering he pitches amazingly untill he faces them he wont have to worry about them, he can be a long guy, or a 5th starter if pettit struggles or he can be a post season pitcher when Javier “i cant pitch under pressuer” vasquez’s turn is up in the rotation

  6. jwsox 5 years ago

    he also would be a cheaper than oswalt and lee option for the rangers….the twins could use a guy like him as well

  7. This is getting to be ridiculous. On the other hand, not playing the entire season is probably the only reason he was effective at the end of last year.

    Whoever mentioned the Yankees…he won’t sign with them, even if he is in it for the money.

    The Red Sox should sign him.

    • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

      What is getting to be ridiculous? No idea why people seem to care if a guy plays half or even a quarter of a season.

  8. Bring him back to Boston!!! I’m sure he’ll pitch better than Dice-K or Wake the last couple months, and besides, Boston could use a character or two in the clubhouse

  9. I agree with jwsox…if he really wants to play the game and not doing it about the money than he should goto texas or Minny. Both teams could make a very serious playoff run, and can you imagine Pedro vs the AL West??what a way to pad some HoF worthy stats…

    • icedrake523 5 years ago

      Going to Arlington would only make his numbers worse.

  10. Mario Saavedra 5 years ago

    he sucked at the WS, so why would a contender want him besides maybe as a 5th starter? he shouldn’t have his hopes high.

    • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

      Every comment I read until this one seemed to assume he’s a top starter. No idea why people think that’s a safe assumption.

  11. johnsilver 5 years ago

    Bring back Curt Schilling, bring back Paul Byrd. Hmm. Who else can Boston also get from the “toaster pile” of ex-Red Sox that they don’t need? All this because of Matsuzaka who will be back in a week or so and Beckett more than likely before the AS break, then 6 starters again.

    Sox have 6 starters, all probably before Martinez is even ready to throw -1- at the MLB level. Think people.

  12. painhertz 5 years ago

    But will contenders consider him? Probably not.

  13. VinnyG917 5 years ago

    Too bad I have lost respect for Pedro. He doesn’t want to put in the whole year’s effort, because he knows he is not strong enough to pitch a full season. dont pull this act just to get another ring. this is what 2, 3 years in a row?

  14. Redhawk 5 years ago

    The Rockies have asked if Pedro could play 2nd and lead-off

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