According to a report out of the Dominican Republic, the Philadelphia Phillies are close to signing vertern pitcher Pedro Martinez for $4 million.
Pedro had a private workout for the Phils and has been looking for a team for weeks now.
Phillies beat writer, Todd Zolecki reports that GM Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to comment when asked about the report.
If the Phillies are willing to pay Pedro $4 million for the rest of the season I’ve got a bridge they might be interested in. And, since there has been little interest from other teams and it would seem the Phillies are only bidding against themselves in this situation.
Those two points seem to call the report into question (I don’t speak or read Spanish but feel free to evaluate it for yourself) but GM’s usually have no problem blasting outlandish or incorrect reports so Amaro’s “no comment” would seem to be significant.
Amaro made news earlier in the week by saying the team had flexibility to trade for an ace (read as Roy Halladay) and I certainly don’t think with his history of injury & inconsistency that signing Pedro would pull the Phils out of the market for starting pitching.