The Mets Talk about Pedro
If he passes his physical, the Phillies could introduce him at a news conference Wednesday.
Martinez has not pitched since last season with the Mets. He went 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA, but Phillies scouts liked what they saw last week during two simulated games at the team’s baseball academy in the Dominican Republic.
“Pedro is a pitcher who likes to compete,” Mets ace Johan Santana said. “If Philadelphia is giving him an opportunity to play there, he’s going to compete for sure. That’s all he’s looking for. He’s a great friend of mine. We had a great time together in New York last year, and I hope all the best for him. He’s looking for the best for him, and I believe that Philadelphia is offering him what he wants and the conditions that he wants, and he’s going to have a chance to win there.”
But can he still pitch?
“Time will tell,” Santana said. “I don’t really know. But he showed in the WBC that he was ready to go, and he wants to prove a lot of people that he still has a lot left in his tank. I believe that he’s a man of his word. If he says that, he’s going to compete.”
Mets third baseman David Wright said he also thought Martinez threw well at the WBC.
“I know that’s a small sample, but you can never count a guy like Pedro out,” Wright said. “He’s just got a certain competitiveness to him and a fire to him that not too many pitchers have.”