Pedro Martinez: Where Will He Land?
With only 11 days until the start of the regular season, Pedro Martinez still finds himself without a home.
Is he worried about it? No.
For the past month, Pedro has been linked in rumors to many clubs, including the Mets, Astros, Dodgers, Orioles, and Royals.
Pedro has already said that he won't chase the Mets and beg them for a contract deal.
On that note, the Mets seem content to let Pedro walk out the door.
Even the Baltimore Orioles appeared to be a good fit for Pedro, with the team having internal discussions about signing the Hall-of-Fame righty.
However, this speculation never panned out, since Andy MacPhail never attempted to make contact with Pedro's agent.
Two weeks ago, the Astros were supposedly on the verge of signing Pedro to an incentive-laden deal but the author of the report, Baseball Prospectus' John Perrotto, later updated his story, admitting that it turned out to be false.
Pedro himself reached out to the Kansas City Royals, who were not interested in his price tag.
Ken Rosenthal wonders if the Royals would have been better off signing Pedro instead of Horacio Ramirez and Willie Bloomquist.
I, for one, think they would have been.
Finally, the Dodgers remain interested in Pedro, who was once a Dodger.
However, Tony Jackson reported back on March 12, Pedro's agents and the LA Dodgers had not been in contact for months, and the Dodgers were simply curious about Pedro.
One thing than continues to be an obstacle in Pedro finding himself a job is his asking price.
It has been widely reported that Pedro is looking for the same type of contract given to John Smoltz ($5.5 million guaranteed with incentives), while most teams have been willing to offer incentive-laden contracts.
In his column, Rosenthal said Pedro would be likely to get some offers if he lowered his asking price to the range of one or two million dollars, more reasonable than the five million he is asking for now.
Many teams feel he is asking for too much because he hasn't put together a 200-inning season since 2005, his first season with the Mets.
If he were to ask for a contract more similar to Brad Penny, he would likely be employed right now.
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