The New York Mets' Case To Re-Sign Pedro Martinez

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2009

Heading into the offseason, I wasn't sure what the Mets should do to improve their ballclub for the upcoming season.

I was, however, sure of one thing, and that was I did not want to see Pedro Martinez in a Mets uniform in 2009.

I mean, after all, he had only played in half the number of games he was being paid for, and pitched extremely poorly in the 2008 campaign.

However, the more I thought about it, the more I began to envision a successful 2009 Mets team with Martinez in the mix.

Don't get me wrong, Pedro isn't the same pitcher he was in his days with Boston, nor is he the same as when the Mets first acquired him back in the year 2004.

The fact of the matter is Pedro brings something to the table that few members of this organization have and that is heart and determination.

Just to prove the point, it was reported that Pedro turned down a one-year, $7 million contract in hopes that he could return to the Mets for less money and finish what he came to do, and that is to win a championship.

To complement his personality, I think Pedro would be an interesting person to compete with the likes of Tim Redding and Jon Niese for that fifth spot in the rotation.

A lot of fans and journalists say his career is over, yet I have to disagree.

In 2007, Martinez, over the course of September, went 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 28.0 innings.

Clearly that is only a fraction of the innings he normally pitches; it is indicative that Pedro has something left in his tank.

All in all, I believe that it would be wise for Omar to keep an open mind about bringing back Pedro, as he has the heart of a champion and can only help the team.