Per The New York Post,
Â ”The Mets and the Phillies both will be in the market for a starting pitcher. The difference is the Phillies will be seeking a top-of-the-rotation guy to replace Brett Myers, while the Mets inevitably will be searching soon for a bottom of the rotation guy to step in for Tim Redding, who didn’t have a clue yesterday afternoon, much less an out pitch. Hmmm, wonder which role Pedro Martinez might be able to fill. So the Mets will be scouring the market that always features bottom-of-the-rotation starters who make too much money. They might look to Boston, which has an excess, but what would they have to deal in order to be able to come away with, say, Tim Wakefield?”
When we last heard from Pedro, he wanted $5,000,000 for 2009.Â Here’s what we became accustomed to when Pedro donned a Mets uniform, courtesy of Wikipedia.
“His unexpectedly strong finish in 2007 raised hopes, but 2008 was a lost season for Martinez. He was injured just four innings into his first game of the season, an April 1 no-decision against the Florida Marlins. He later told reporters he’d felt a “pop” in his left leg. Martinez was diagnosed with a strained hamstring and did not return to action for more than two months. Following his return, his fastball typically topped out in the 90-91mph range, a lower velocity than he’d had during his prime but slightly higher than in recent seasons. Martinez finished the season on a low note, losing all three of his decisions in September en route to a 5â€“6 record, the first losing record of his career. (Martinez was 0â€“1 in two appearances in 1992.) His 5.61 ERA and 1.57 WHIP were also Martinez’s worst ever, and for the first time in his career, he failed to strike out at least twice as many batters as he walked (87â€“44).
During his four-year Met contract, Martinez was 32â€“23 in 79 starts, with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.”
Â Worth $5M?Â Well, what other options do we have?Â In his 3 starts, Tim Redding hasÂ pitched like the nerdy lookingÂ kid from The Bad News Bears flick.Â It’s only 3 starts, but his era is already at 9.20 with a WHIP of 1.91 after coming off the DL forÂ shoulder fatigue.Â Not gonna cut it.Â Redding signed a 1-yr deal worth $2.25M.
Â The other option of course is Oliver Perez.Â Ugh.Â Grave, over the weekend, posted of another setback for Dizzy.Â An MRI on Thursday revealed a patellar tendinitis.Â He’s been on the DL since May 6th.
Â A list of Starting Pitchers still available via free agency-
Paul Byrd (38) – Type B, offered arb
Adam Eaton (31)
Freddy Garcia (34)
Orlando Hernandez (43)
Chuck James (27)
Mark Mulder (31)
Odalis Perez (32)
Kenny Rogers (44)
Ben Sheets (30) – Type A, offered arb
Â Everyone please control your enthusiasm.Â So what do you guys think?Â Start talks with Pedro and negotiate a reasonable deal?Â Give Redding another shot to redeem himself?Â Pray that God feels sorry for Oliver Perez, andÂ givesÂ him a new head?Â Or perhaps give the new kid, Braodway, a shot?Â