Waiting for Pedro: Phillies Fans on Pedro Martinez Watch

Kevin McGuireSenior Analyst IJuly 13, 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 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium March 10, 2009 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The All-Star Break is not offering much of a stoppage in Phillies updates. Right now, the biggest news is centered on Pedro Martinez:

"Pedro Martinez is expected to be in Philadelphia on Monday to meet with Phillies officials and take a physical, which could be the final step in completing a contract for the remainder of the season."—Todd Zolecki via MLB.com.

That's right, Phillies fans. It is really starting to look as if Martinez could be signing a deal for the remainder of the 2009 season.

This news comes after the Phillies watched Martinez throw three innings of a simulated game on Friday, and were intrigued by another throwing session two days before.

So the question continues: Should the Phillies sign Martinez?

Each day, I find myself more and more in favor of this move. There is nothing to lose in signing Martinez. No prospects are being lost and Martinez would likely fill one of the lower spots in the rotation.

Ask yourself this: Is he any worse than Jamie Moyer?

Probably not.

If the Phillies sign Martinez and it doesn't work out, the organization will have no problem saying, "Thank you for your time, Pedro," and replacing him with an arm out of the bullpen or farm system.

Should the Phillies sign Martinez, here is my proposed starting rotation:

1. Cole Hamels

2. Joe Blanton

3. JA Happ

4. Pedro Martinez

5. Jamie Moyer

What are your thoughts on the Phillies acquiring Martinez?


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