Pedro Martinez's first pitch in last night's Major League Baseball season opener seemed like a Major League audition...well at least for Mets General Manager Omar Minaya.
The New York Mets last saw Pedro Martinez in 2008 before they decided not to re-sign him. He pitched for the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic before signing with the Phillies in the middle of the season.
The last time that the baseball universe saw him play was in Game Six of the World Series when the Yankees clinched the title of champions of the baseball world. But he threw out the first pitch at Fenway before the Red Sox took on the Yankees and according to Omar Minaya looked like "a current Cy Young Award Winner."
Martinez threw a change-up high and to the right last night, but Minaya said he looked like "he still has tons of stuff left in the cannon".
The Mets starting rotation looks very weak after Johan Santana and the Mets sure could use a hand. Minaya spoke highly of Martinez saying that he could fit in great behind Johan as the second starter.
Relatives close to Minaya said that his mouth dropped to the floor when he saw Martinez come out for the first pitch. He could not believe how young he looked. Minaya said that the right-hander must have found the Fountain of Youth and looks like he could pitch for another ten year.
The Mets will start up talks with Martinez and his agent as early as before their season opener. Minaya said that he hopes to have an offer in before the first pitch of the Mets game and is confident that Martinez will like the offer that he hopes to make an announcement on the signing by the seventh or eighth inning.
Reports are leaking that the offer looks to be seven years for $90MM. Looks like Minaya really believes that Martinez can go for a good seven years.
Martinez said that he has no intentions of retiring and hopes to pitch a full season in 2010. The Mets seem to have answered his call.