What Does Pedro Bring To The Phillies?

Joe ViolaCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2009

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - MARCH 10:  Pedro Martinez #45 of The Dominican Republic pitches against The Netherlands during the 2009 World Baseball Classic Pool D match on March 10, 2009 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

As most of you may know already, Pedro Martinez has signed a 1 year, $1 million deal with the 2008 World Series Champions Philadelphia Phillies. Pedro is what the Phillies need to stay in front of the NL East and going on to winning another World Series.

The 3-Time Cy Young Award winner last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2008 with the New York Mets, Pedro was 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA in an injury plagued year. When Martinez wasn't picked up this off season he opted to pitched in the World Baseball Classic with the Dominican Republic. During the WBC, Pedro pitched six scoreless innings with six strikeouts before the Dominican Republic was eliminated.

So what can Pedro bring to the Phillies?

Pedro is a new arm that will be 100% for the second and most important half of the season. Martinez will be a perfect weapon to use against the Mets, especially David Wright, Jose Reyes and the rest of the young kids who haven't faced Pedro.

With the second half of the season coming, the Phillies have just boosted themselves. If Pedro is the same Pedro from the late '90's and early 2000's the Phillies will transform from one of the worst starting pitching the Majors to one to be feared.

I only ask myself, why couldn't the Mets do this?