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Pedro Martinez | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (42) / 10/25/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 193
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Ohio Dominican
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Pedro Martinez told reporters Saturday that he's planning to officially retire from baseball.
Pedro didn't throw a single pitch in 2011 and hinted in May that he was considering hanging up his cleats. He'll finish up with a remarkable 219-100 career record, a 2.93 career ERA and 3,154 career strikeouts. The 40-year-old right-hander was in the major leagues for 18 seasons and is sure to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Sat, Dec 3, 2011 09:10:00 PM

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In an interview with the Associated Press, Pedro Martinez virtually ruled out a return to the major leagues and said he will likely retire.

He has been staying in shape down in the Dominican Republic at the Pedro Youth Academy. "I keep active because I have not announced my retirement, because that is something that takes time and you have to plan it. Plus, it is something that the Dominican people expected," Martinez said. Martinez's last start came in Game Six of the 2009 World Series with the Phillies. If this is it, Martinez went 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA and 3,154 strikeouts in 18 major league seasons.
Sun, May 1, 2011 06:52:00 PM

Joe Brescia of The New York Times writes that free agent Pedro Martinez is still interested in pitching for a contender this season.

Martinez's last start came in Game Six of the 2009 World Series with the Phillies. He has been staying in shape down in the Dominican Republic at the Pedro Youth Academy. When asked about his top choices Martinez welcomed a return to the Red Sox and if there wasn't interest there the Phillies would be his choice if he returned to the National League.
Sat, Apr 9, 2011 06:36:00 PM

The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo writes that "those in the know" think Pedro Martinez would come back to pitch the final couple months of the season "if it’s the right fit.’’

Cafardo speculates that he could wind up back in Philadelphia if the Phillies end up moving Joe Blanton. SI.com's Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that Pedro isn't working out and was looking "less and less likely" to pitch in 2011, but that doesn't mean the 39-year-old won't get the itch again. He sat out the 2010 season after posting a 3.63 ERA over nine starts for the Phils in 2009.
Sun, Feb 13, 2011 08:34:00 AM

SI.com's Jon Heyman reports that Pedro Martinez has not been working out and will only come back in the second half, if at all.

Heyman says it's looking "less and less likely" that Pedro will play in 2011. Though he was successful for the Phillies down the stretch in 2009, Martinez is now 39 and there's no guarantee his body will hold up or that he'll be effective again. That said, his name is sure to surface at midseason when teams are looking to plug leaky holes in their rotation.
Fri, Feb 4, 2011 06:51:00 PM

Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Pedro Martinez is still weighing whether he wants to play in 2011.

"My body, thank God, is OK and I’m feeling good," Martinez said. "Now, it’s a matter of getting my mind going, to see if I want to play, and that’s probably the toughest part yet. It’s a big decision and I don’t want to screw it up." Martinez has not pitched professionally since the 2009 World Series, and it's not clear that he still wants to. Unless or until he signs a contract, you need not consider his waning talents. But feel free to hype him up to one of your opponents.
Fri, Jan 14, 2011 02:24:00 AM

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes writes that there's only a "30 percent" chance that Pedro Martinez will make another comeback.

Sounds about right. Martinez is not officially retired, but he turned 39 in October and didn't pitch at all this season. The idea that he could come back and hold up over the course of a full season is probably a stretch at this point.
Wed, Dec 15, 2010 10:22:00 AM

According to Christian Red of the New York Daily News, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. inquired about Pedro Martinez at last week's winter meetings.

Martinez hasn't thrown a pitch in the big leagues since Game 6 of the 2009 World Series against the Yankees, so there's no guarantee that he would be effective at this point, but it's fun to think about what that Philadelphia staff would look like. Red speculates that the Phillies could still have interest in signing Martinez to an incentive-laden deal, even after the addition of Cliff Lee, especially now that they intend to trade No. 5 starter Joe Blanton. Stay tuned.
Wed, Dec 15, 2010 08:34:00 AM

Pedro Martinez trained Thursday with the Licey Tigers of the Domincan Winter League and expressed a desire to return to the major leagues.

Pedro sat out all of the 2010 season because of a lack of motivation and probably a lack of interest. But if he does well this winter and shows that he can be a valuable long reliever in the bigs, it would not be a shock if several MLB teams give him a call. The 39-year-old was 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA in nine starts with the Phillies during the second half of the 2009 season.
Thu, Oct 28, 2010 05:44:00 PM

Pedro Martinez says he plans on staying retired despite offers from several teams the past two weeks, according to the AP.

It was reported by ESPN Deportes in mid-July that Pedro wasn't going to pitch this season, so this comes as no surprise. Martinez wouldn't say which teams offered him a contract, adding that he was "really happy" to receive the offers and called them "very tempting." It's not clear whether he is done with baseball for good or not, as he appeared eager to pitch earlier in the year.
Thu, Aug 5, 2010 02:30:00 PM

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that free agent right-hander Pedro Martinez will not pitch this season.

It's not really a major surprise. As of last week Pedro had yet to throw off a mound and he wasn't drawing a whole lot of interest from contending teams. He turns 39 years of age in October and could retire soon.
Wed, Jul 21, 2010 04:55:00 PM

Agent Fernando Cuza told Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. on Tuesday that his client Pedro Martinez still hasn't thrown off a mound.

The Phillies signed Martinez almost exactly one year ago, but the veteran right-hander was throwing regularly at the time. "A lot," said Amaro. "From the WBC on. They're different circumstances. He had thrown all the way up until now. He hasn't gotten on a mound. Only Pedro could say when he'd be ready. I'm sure he knows, but I couldn't tell you." Amaro wouldn't say there is no chance of Martinez returning, but he's obviously nowhere close to helping a major league team.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Wed, Jul 14, 2010 08:45:00 AM

Without naming any specific players, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said that he has inquired about free agent pitchers.

"But anybody you bring in, you can't sign him on Wednesday and pitch him on Friday," said Colletti. "You'd still have a three- to four-week interval where they would have to get ready. You're almost in limbo." The most notable free agent pitcher available is Pedro Martinez, who is eager to pitch again in the major leagues. Jarrod Washburn and Braden Looper are still available, as well.
Thu, Jun 24, 2010 11:23:00 AM

In contrast with an ESPN.com report, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. actually downplayed the possibility of signing Pedro Martinez when talking to reporters on Tuesday.

"I would say if I were a betting man, I would not necessarily count on him being here," said Amaro. "We’re not negotiating." An ESPN.com report on Wednesday painted a slightly different picture of his potential return to the Phillies, but if they intended to get people talking, well, mission accomplished.
Wed, Jun 16, 2010 02:44:00 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed that the team has had discussions with free agent right-hander Pedro Martinez about a comeback.

"We have talked to his agent, but there's nothing so far," said Amaro, who added that the talks began "a few weeks ago." "We are not negotiating, but we've been talking to him. It all depends on whether he wants to play or not." Sources tell ESPNDeportes.com that the 38-year-old right-hander is currently prepping in the Dominican Republic for a return after the All-Star break. Of course, Martinez was 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA in nine starts with the Phillies during the second half of the 2009 season and played a critical role for the club during the postseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Jun 16, 2010 12:29:00 PM

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