December 15, 2004, 9:37 PM ET
NEW YORK — Pedro Martinez, welcome to New York.
Martinez passed his physical Wednesday, and the Mets finalized their $53 million, four-year contract with the pitcher they hope will take them to the postseason.
The Mets scheduled a news conference for Shea Stadium on Thursday at 11 a.m. to introduce Martinez, who turned down a $40.5 million, three-year offer from the Boston Red Sox and told his agent Monday to work out a deal with New York.
The total guaranteed value of his contract was obtained by The Associated Press from a baseball official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Martinez, a 33-year-old right-hander, has had shoulder problems at times. He had a physical in New York and passed it, Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said.
Fast foward through many injuries, a historical collapse and an injury plagued season..only 3 years total
07/14/09 8:15 PM ET
ST. LOUIS — Pedro Martinez has signed a one-year contract with the Phillies, baseball sources confirmed Tuesday.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined comment just hours after Martinez passed his physical in Philadelphia. But one source said the contract is worth about $1 million, plus about $1.5 million in incentives, which is less than the prorated $5 million contract Martinez reportedly had been seeking earlier this season.
So…Pedro is Philly. Talk about awkward. Being of Dominican decent(born in Brooklyn), Pedro Martinez is one of our biggest stars. I was a huge Pedro fan for most of his career. However with the news that he will be joining the Phillies, in the middle of a heated rivalry has me feeling a bit….confused. Dont get me wrong, i have no ill will toward Pedro but I have been inclined to root for him the majority of his career and i am not sure if i will be able to. You see, Pedro signed with us for the 2005 season as Omar Minayas first big free agent acquisition. The second I found out that Pedro would be a Met, I ran toward Modells to buy a jersey. While Pedro enjoyed a pretty good season in 05, the subsequent seasons were not to kind to him as he dealt with many injuries and never really contributed to the Mets when they really needed him down the stretch. Of course during this time, the Mets/Philly rivalry gained serious momentum and is now one of the most intense rivalries in the league. Now that Pedro is on the Mets arch-nemesis, I honestly dont know how to feel. I want to root for him as he is Pedro Martinez but at the same time…its a Philly. While Pedro is far from a home grown talent, in my opinion he ushered in a new era in the Mets organization and to that I tip my cap. The problem however is that i still own a Pedro Martinez jersey.
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