"My take on (Martinez) is if he's right, he can beat anybody. For me, that's a pretty good pickup for them,” explained Mike Pelfrey.
When Mike Pelfrey says them, he means The Philiadelphia Phillies. Yes, those Philadelphia Phillies. The ones led by Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and perennial trash talker Jimmy Rollins. The same Phillies who overtook the Mets the last two years throwing dirt on their graves. The World Champion Phillies.
According to an Associated press report, Pedro was quoted as saying, “"The Phillies saw me this past Tuesday in a simulated game and I felt very good with my fastball and all my pitches," adding, “I feel the best I have for some time."
The free agent righty has also worked out for the Yankees recently and claimed many teams have shown a rekindled interest in his services. Although they denied comment as to what other teams have shown interest.
Martinez, 37, is a three time Cy Young award winner with a combined record of 214-99 and a 2.91 ERA in his 17 big league seasons.
He is recently admired by New York fans more for his quirky personality and offering some relevance to a faltering franchise than his actual performance.
After going 15-8 with a 2.82 ERA for the Mets in 31 starts during 2005, the subsequent years brought many ups and downs and setbacks. His final line last year during another injury ravaged season, 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA in 20 starts.
Pedro had expressed interest in returning to the Mets all off-season. He even claimed he was healthier than he’d been since signing in 2005. The Mets suggested they wanted to go another direction.
So now Pedro may be pitching in Philadelphia as soon as a week after the All-star break. That is if the Phillies don’t pick up Roy Halladay in a major block buster first.
Come August, Pedro may get a chance to pitch in the Mets new ballpark after all. Just as he wanted to.
Then, at least to some Mets fans, he could become the latest in a long line of traitors with an opportunity to play the part of Brutus slowly twisting the knife in the back of the New York Mets.