Pedro Gets Physical
Pedro Martinez is taking his physical in Philadelphia at this hour.
Turn and cough, Pedro.
If he passes, expect a news conference tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park.
Martinez told the local NBC and ABC affiliates late last night at the Philadephia airport that he struggled last season with the Mets (5-6, 5.61 ERA) because of health issues and the death of his father. He sounded confident those problems are behind him.
The Toronto Sun considers the Angels and Yankees favorites for Roy Halladay. The Sun hears the Blue Jays do not like the Phillies’ prospects, or at least the ones the Phillies are offering.
That is what this is about: the prospects. Who do the Blue Jays want? Who are the Phillies willing to give up? Halladay’s contract is not an issue. The Boston Globe is reporting the Blue Jays will not allow a team to negotiate a contract extension with Halladay before a trade is made. But Halladay didn’t sound yesterday like he needed an extension to accept a move — “All I can tell you is my priority would be winning. I’ve been fortunate to be taken care of financially,” he told reporters — but it is something worth watching.
Chuck Berry closed with Johnny B. Goode last night at the All-Star Gala. Nelly joined him on stage. It was pretty cool.