Pedro Martinez To Return to the Philadelphia Phillies?

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIJune 16, 2010

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04:  Starting pitcher Pedro Martinez #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the New York Yankees in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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After leaving the team at the end of last year's World Series, reports suggest the Philadelphia Phillies are interested in bringing former starting pitcher, Pedro Martinez, back on board for the latter half of the season.

After joining the team in August late last season, Martinez finished with a 5-1 record and a 3.63 ERA. 

His outings were less fortunate during the postseason where he recorded a 0-2 record and a 3.71 ERA, which included two games against the New York Yankees during the World Series.

According to reports, Martinez has already stated his desire to pitch in the latter half of this season, but has yet to name the team.

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro told the media on Wednesday that the Phillies have "talked to his agent, but there's nothing so far."

Many believe whether Martinez returns will be a personal choice, but his latest actions, including participating in Miami strength and physical conditioning programs, indicate he plans to return.

The Phillies have been talking with Martinez for the past few weeks, but have not made much progress.

"It depends on whether he wants to play or not," Amaro remarked, indicating that it was Martinez's decision and no contract negotiations were ongoing.

The Phillies are desperate for another starting pitcher as they've gone on a slide as of late, now trailing Atlanta in the NL East by 3.5 games with a 32-30 season record.

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