Pedro Entertains, But Can He Pitch?
Today’s easily was the most entertaining.
“I bring with me a legacy,” Pedro Martinez said. “I bring with me, my last name. I bring my face. I bring everything I have, my integrity, to this team.
“I might surprise you. I might not. But it’s going to be fun. It’s going to be really fun to go out and find out.”
The Phillies officially announced at Citizens Bank Park they had signed Martinez, 37, to a one-year contract worth $1 million, plus roughly $1.5 million in incentives. The Phillies immediately placed him on the 15-day disabled list with what they termed a mild strain in his right shoulder. That move is procedural because he is not ready to pitch in the Majors. He will join the Phillies this weekend in Florida for evaluation before he begins his rehabilitation assignment in Clearwater, Fla.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Martinez could be pitching for the Phillies as early as July 30, when the Phillies open a four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco.
Asked about Phillies fans, Martinez said, “As far as embracing the Phillies fans, I think I’m going to have a lot of fun because they seem to be really wild. And I’m a little bit out there, too. I think we’re going to match up really well.”
A couple things:
Reports the Phillies won’t pursue Roy Halladay because of his contract are inaccurate, according to folks I’ve talked to. Amaro even said today they still have flexibility this season to add salary. This trade comes down to one thing: prospects. Who do the Blue Jays want, and who are the Phillies willing to give up?
Forget about Vernon Wells being packaged in a Halladay deal. That’s a deal breaker for the Phillies, and just about everybody else, too.