Pedro Is Aboard
Well, the song and dance is. Pedro Martinez has passed his physical and has signed a one-year contract with the Phillies, baseball sources confirmed tonight. One source said the contract is worth about $1 million with another $1.5 million in incentives. That is considerably less than the prorated $5 million Martinez reportedly sought.
Martinez will be introduced at a news conference tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park.
Martinez is expected to begin a rehab assignment in the Minor Leagues immediately.
But while Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would not confirm if Martinez had signed or even passed his physical, he said Martinez would need to pitch in the Minor Leagues before he is joins the Phillies rotation. That could mean at least two or three rehab appearances.
“We’re still trying to assess where he is,” Amaro said. “He would need some time (in the Minors) absolutely.”
Amaro also said Martinez’s arrival would not preclude them from making other moves, including the pursuit of Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay. Halladay remains a hot topic of conversation, and he will through the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The issue with the Phillies is not Halladay’s contract, which runs through 2010. It is prospects. Who do the Blue Jays want? And who are the Phillies willing to give up?
“There are some untouchables,” Amaro said. “But again, each situation will make you think how to handle those situations. There are some guys I absolutely would not want to trade. We’re fortunate that we’ve built more depth in our system to be able to have our discussions.”
But “would not want to trade” certainly is different than “will not trade.”
“There are guys we will not trade,” Amaro repeated.