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If Martinez passes, expect him to sign with the Phillies in the next few days.
The Phillies watched Martinez throw twice last week at the team’s baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. They came away impressed enough that they consider him an upgrade to a rotation whose 4.98 ERA is the third-worst in the National League.
But it would seem Martinez won’t be moving into the Phillies rotation immediately after the All-Star break. He has not pitched this season, so he likely would need to build up arm strength in the Minor Leagues first.
And like I have written before, the Phillies still plan to pursue Roy Halladay.
When could Martinez be introduced at a news conference, assuming everything continues to go well? Well, it is very unlikely to happen today or tomorrow. Why? It’s All-Star week and MLB does not want anything taking away from the game and festivities. So I would guess Wednesday or Thursday.