It’s Official – Pedro Signs With Phillies

An article by posted on July 15, 2009

Pedro Martinez has signed a one-year contract with the Phillies according to ESPN.

The Phillies planned to hold a news conference on Wednesday to make the announcement and introduce Martinez.

Pedro can earn up to $1.5 million in incentives, and will make a couple of starts in the minors before joining Philadelphia’s rotation.

The Phillies watched Martinez, 37, pitch twice last week at their baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. They came away impressed and flew Martinez to Philadelphia late Monday night to take a physical.

Martinez has not pitched regularly since last season with the Mets, when he went 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA. Amaro also said Martinez’s arrival would not preclude them from making other moves, including the pursuit of Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay.

Martinez is 214-99 with a 2.91 ERA in 17 seasons with the Dodgers, Expos, Red Sox and the Mets. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004.

So that’s the story…

Pedro is officially a Phillie, but I am skeptical about whether he can still pitch effectively, especially in that park. My advice to Mets fans is to try and not lose any sleep over this, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up working in our favor.

Plus, better they get Pedro than Roy Halladay.

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