Phillies Sign Pedro Martinez
Take a deep breath, Baseball Insider readers: Our long national nightmare is over. Pedro Martinez is back in baseball, rescued from what we can only assume was a personal paradise under a mango tree in the Dominican Republic by the Phillies, who are enlisting him for their second half charge toward a third straight NL East pennant.
Yahoo!'s Gordon Edes, who covered Martinez extensively in his time with the Boston Globe, broke the story of the signing, reporting that Martinez will make $1 million guaranteed, with another $1.5 million possible in incentives. No firm details have yet emerged about what the incentives in the deal are, let alone how reachable they might be, though one report has said they will be based on number of starts and time Martinez spends on the active roster. Regardless, the collective, $2.5 million value is half of the $5 million mark Martinez was angling for from teams throughout spring training. It seems amazing that, eventually, he got some the money he was looking for.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Andy Martino, the deal should be announced some time today. Martinez will then become the latest addition to a rotation that has spent all season scuffling during the best of times, and truly stuttering during the low moments. The team has a collective starting ERA of 4.61, with the ageless Jamie Moyer leading the staff in wins (with eight) despite an ERA of 5.91.
For what it's worth, Martinez's ERA in 2008 wasn't much better than Moyer's current one; he finished last season at 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA. Yet that hasn't dimmed intrigue about what the veteran can contribute to a potential playoff team, interest that was first sparked in Martinez's successful outing at the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican squad during Spring Training.
One other key factor worth noting: According to Martino, adding Martinez won't stop Philadelphia GM Ruben Amaro from going after another starting pitcher at the trade deadline. The team openly covets Toronto starter Roy Halladay (who doesn't?) and a number of analysts feel the Phillies have the best chance of prying him from the Blue Jays.
So, what do people think? Good move by the Phils? Or is Pedro too past his prime to contribute anything meaningful?
July 15, 2009; 10:55 AM ET
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