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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?

By Cameron Smith  |  July 15, 2009; 10:55 AM ET
Categories:  Phillies  | Tags: Pedro Martinez, Phillies  
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How could it be a bad move? Its a low risk, high reward deal for both sides. The Phils really have nothing to lose and obviously, they need some help in their rotation. I just hope they have a back up plan for if/when Pedro doesn't work out.
And for the love of god, DO NOT trade JA Happ for Roy Halladay under any circumstances.

Posted by: PhilliesPhan | July 15, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Phan ... I don't see how it hurts, considering that the current rotation is pretty painful. What the Phillies have done is add another questionable #5 starter to a rotation that has several questionable #5 starters. But at least the offense can score a touchdown most nights to make up for the field goals the pitching allows ...

Posted by: chrisduckworth | July 15, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Who's your daddy? Oh, sorry. I just always have to sing that upon seeing Pedro Martinez' name in print.

From a Nats fan perspective, I hope he's too far past his prime. We need some wins. ;-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 15, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd be more than happy collecting wins off the rest of their staff. I can never root for Pedro not to have success. NF1a1 - let's compromise - we'll root for Utley to make a lot of errors and Olsen to shut them down.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | July 15, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

The rotation isn't TOTALLY painful. Blanton has showed flashes of brilliance, especially as of late, and HAPP has been just outstanding. Moyer somehow leads the staff in wins, despite his awful ERA - the team loves giving the old man run support. If Hamels can get his crap sorted out in the second half and someone (Pedro, Bastardo, whoever) can provide some stability in the 5th spot, they will be just fine.

Posted by: PhilliesPhan | July 15, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Fair enough, jca. Pleasure doing business with you. ;-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 15, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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