I apologize for not being around the last few days. I have been preoccupied with a personal matter and haven’t been online since filing the Pedro post. Again, I apologize and will start posting again on a regular basis.
I remember talking with Pedro Martinez the last day of the season and him telling me he never felt ready between rehabbing injuries and taking time off to visit his ailing father.
“I don’t want to leave this way,” Martinez told me then. “I didn’t feel right this year. I know I can still pitch.”
Martinez had his moments last season, both good and bad, but a guy with his heart shouldn’t be easily dismissed. If his pride lets him be a fourth or fifth starter, then he’s worth it. Let’s face it, could he be any worse than Freddy Garcia or Tim Redding?
There’s a report out of the Dominican Republic that has Omar Minaya meeting with Martinez about bringing the 37-year-old future Hall of Famer back for an encore to his four-year, $53 million contract.
Let’s face it, the Mets aren’t set with their rotation. With no assurances they’ll re-sign Oliver Perez, bringing back Martinez in a stop gap role makes sense. He’s not the young stud we’d all like, but there aren’t any guarantees Jon Niese is that guy, either.
Immediate speculation is this deal would enable the Cubs to free up some of their young pitching to re-start trade talks with San Diego for Jake Peavy.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel was in New York the other day at a charity function and was asked about Manny Ramirez. He wants him, but knows it’s not happening.
Said Manuel: “We have to deal with what we have. And, we have a pretty good team. We feel like we have enough tools to make it to the playoffs.”
Do you agree? As they are comprised now, do you believe the Mets are a playoff team?
You would think with less than three weeks before spring training there would be a market for a 27-year-old lefthander who throws heat.
If Oliver Perez were to get five years as agent Scott Boras wants, he would have gotten them by now. A combination of Perez’s wildness, his agent, and perhaps the prevailing thought he’d always wind up with the Mets is keeping teams at bay.
C’mon, let’s cut through the smoke. Give him three years at $12 million each with an option for a fourth year, and get this thing done.
I spoke with Boras this summer when the Mets were in LA and remember him telling me Perez wasn’t erratic. I didn’t believe him then and I don’t believe him now. If Boras really had that much faith in his client, he’d take two years and jump at the chance to do this again when Perez is 29.
Why do you think he hasn’t?