Why Pedro Martinez and the Los Angeles Dodgers Makes Sense

Gary G.Correspondent IMarch 12, 2009

Right now, the Los Angeles Dodgers could use the help of another veteran starting pitcher to round out the rotation.

Could that man be Pedro Martinez?

The three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star is still on the market right now, and he had a great performance in relief at the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic.

Over the course of four days, Martinez pitched six innings, allowing no earned runs, just one hit, and struck out six.

The Mets are shying away from Martinez, since their big four in the rotation (Santana, Pelfrey, Perez, Maine) are already set, and they already have Tim Redding, Livan Hernandez, Freddy Garcia, and youngster Jonathan Niese battling for the fifth starter spot.

The Mets are clearly not fascinated with Pedro's interest in a guaranteed $5 million contract either.

The Dodgers, however, don't share the same opinion.

"He's somebody we're curious about," Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said. "We know how great he has been, and we know how popular he is in Los Angeles."

Here is how the Dodgers rotation currently looks: Chad Billingsley, Randy Wolf, Hiroki Kuroda, Clayton Kershaw, and Jason Schmidt.

Clearly, the Dodgers are going to have to rely on a 21-year-old Kershaw and a 36-year-old Schmidt, who is coming off two shoulder surgeries, to round out the back end of their rotation.

The Dodgers arguably have one of the best lineups in baseball, and to not have another reliable pitcher near the back end of the rotation to complement that could be a major issue in 2009.