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Pedro Martinez Talks Pedro Martinez

Leave it to Pedro Martinez to upstage an international event full of celebrity athletes, one of whom is reeling from an admission of steroid use yet still showed up for the Dominican Republic's World Baseball Classic driving a $350,000 car (A-Rod rolled into the Jupiter, Fla. training center in a Maybach, for the record).

Given the chance to spout off about his free agency, future and offseason discussions, Martinez was adamant that he's above a low-base, high incentive salary, claiming that he would be a steal for any team that needs another starter. In fact, in this interview with Newsday beat writer David Lennon, Pedro insists he feels better now than he has in any spring training during the past four years.

There are plenty of other candid excerpts from the interview, which we'll shoot to you after the jump. After all, this is Pedro Martinez. No inteview would be complete without copious references to respect and a threat to retreat either A) beneath a mango tree or B) on a fishing trip if he doesn't receive the aforementioned respect he deserves.

And now, without further ado, the best of Feb. 2009 Pedro Martinez. Enjoy.

Q: Do you have a chip on your shoulder because no one has signed you yet?

PM: No, not really. No chip on my shoulder. No chip on my shoulder. I understand business and understand the ugly face of baseball, which is the business part of baseball. Whether you like it or not, the last few years I'd be the first one to tell you I haven't been the Pedro Martinez that I'm used to being. And if nobody takes a chance, I'll go fishing. If I'm healthy and I'm able to do the things I used to do, I think a lot of people are going to regret not taking a chance.

Q: Is the door closed with the Mets?

PM: I don't know really. The season hasn't' started. I'm not really worried about what they do. I'm just getting ready. For sure I'll be ready. If I'm healthy, anybody would have a bargain - if I'm healthy. If I'm not, well, I'll go home fishing. My boat is waiting for me.

Q: Is there one team you'd love to play for?

PM: Love to play for? All of them. All of them. I'm open to play for anybody that would give me respect, treat me the right way, and actually going to make me feel comfortable.

Q: Would you do what Tom Glavine did -- sign a low base contract with incentives?

PM: If I wanted to pitch that bad, I probably would. But I don't think I'm in that stage. I believe I'm very comfortable. I'm not going to let anybody disrespect my abilities the way I am. I'd say no, that's it. I wouldn't say I want to pitch that bad.

By Cameron Smith  |  March 3, 2009; 10:27 AM ET
Categories:  Mets  
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Comments

Pedro is my all time favorite player. What he did from 1998 - 2000 was incredible. In 2000, his 1.74 ERA was 2 runs better than the the next qualifier (OK, 1.96, but it was Cl*m*ns). Career ERA+ leader among starters (only behind Mo among all pithcers). That he was doing that in the prime of the juice era only enhances his stature. Anyone who was up in the Boston area will tell you that people would rearrange their week to watch his starts.

What was the question?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 3, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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