Pedro Martinez has made quite a career for himself. He has toed the rubber for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. Martinez reached the pinnacle of his career, winning his only World Series title in 2004 with Boston.
He currently sits as a free agent, waiting to see if his services will be needed by any of this season’s contenders. We, however, currently sit with zero chance of our services being needed by any of this season’s contenders.
So instead of hoping for the phone to ring, our agent on the other end with a plane ticket to some mythical ballpark in hand, we are sitting here reading about how great Martinez’s career has been and trying to figure out if it will continue, or even if it should continue. If we are being honest, we are also trying to figure out if we could have been in Pedro’s position right now had someone in our childhood not crushed our dreams and forced us into desk jobs.
Hey, I can’t even throw a ball 60’6”, so I’m certainly not beating myself up about it. You, however...you may have actually had some skill and let it slip through your fingers at some point in your life, thus leaving you stuck reading my ramblings instead of trying to convince your GM to sign Martinez for your team’s playoff push.
Let’s see who might benefit from Martinez’s services. If you disagree, then please let me know, and if you agree, then please vote for Pedro and the team you think he should go to in the comment section. I am immediately eliminating the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions because one is a football team and together they form a Liger, which is pretty much my favorite animal.
The entire previous paragraph is useless banter written solely to interject juvenile humor from the once popular and never out of style movie, Napoleon Dynamite.
OK, time to get serious. In my opinion it makes zero sense for a team that has no shot at the postseason to bring Pedro to its city. This in mind, I selected only teams that I think will have a chance, however small, at the playoffs and who might be looking for an additional arm to help them get over the hump.
Also, I don’t see Martinez as a closer. He just doesn’t have the arm for that anymore. So this narrows the field just a bit more to include teams that might only need starters and/or setup guys.