Monday, July 13, 2009
Phillies close to adding Pedro Martinez to starting rotation
The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that Pedro is flying to Philadelphia today to take a physical for the team and the deal could be announced before Wednesday.
Martinez would have landed with a team earlier in the year following his performance at the World Baseball Classic, but the rumor was that his contract demands were too high. I would assume that he has come down in his asking price now that we're at the halfway point of the 2009 season. If that is the case, it's a low-risk move for the Phils, who could use the pitching help.
Pedro will have a lot to prove and will undoubtedly be looking forward to sticking it to the Mets, Philadelphia's division rival and Pedro's former team.