Is Pedro Martinez the Answer, again?

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No.  Or at least he shouldn't be.

According to this ESPN Deportes article (for our bilingual readers…), the Phillies are interested in renting Pedro Martinez for another season.

I find it funny that no one has really talked about Pedro since Game 6 of the World Series.  It's like it didn't happen.  The guy started two of the six World Series games for the Phils, was arguably the number two pitcher down the stretch, and he vanished just as quickly as he got here.  Yet during the off-season, no one talked about it.  Roy Halladay replaced Cliff Lee, Blanton and Happ remained the same, and it was expected that Cole Hamels would return to form and fill the number two spot formerly occupied by Pedro. However, after two starts it appears that Hamels has not progressed, and now all of a sudden we realize a significant piece of the rotation from last year is gone.  

Pedro seems like the obvious candidate, but let's not forget that he lost both of the aforementioned World Series games, and was tossing beach balls up there are 86 mph in Game 6.  

That was after two months of pitching.

Imagine if at another year older he had to pitch for even longer, he wouldn't be a viable option come October.  Which, let's face it, is all the Phils are really concerned about.

I'm not a big fan of the "rent a pitcher" option, it never seems to work.  But renting Pedro?  An even worse idea.  My theory?  If it looks like we need help come July, and Seattle is struggling… let's send them back their prospects in exchange for one Clifford Phifer Lee.  It is doubtful Seattle will be able to resign him, and if they are not in contention it would make sense for both parties involved.

I would personally saddle the horse that CP Lee would come riding back into town on to save the day.

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4 Comments

  • Captain Awesome April 13, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Absolutely not. The guy sucked in October and the WS was made about his previous beef w/ the Yank-Me’s than the game. He had to run his mouth and get shut up, at the cost of the Phillies. Forget him, if you want an ace, you know who to call.

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  • Matt April 14, 2010 at 1:21 am

    You are smoking the crazy good shit if you think the Phillies will make any kind of run at Cliff Lee. And I hate how shitty most Philly fans seem to be any more. Sell Hamels down the river after two starts. Look at Zambrano, Carpenter, Verlander, or any number of top starters and they’re off to much worse starts than Hamels, yet they don’t have their hometown fans calling for their heads.

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  • kyle April 14, 2010 at 8:48 am

    There’s really no reason the Phillies wouldn’t make a run at Lee if Seattle was out of it. If they needed another pitcher, he would be the first option (again, Seattle being out of it is a big if). Lee’s contract is up at the end of the year, we obviously have some prospects Seattle likes (their guys), and we would only have to pay Lee for half a season. I certainly don’t think it’s likely, but it’s not crazy talk. If he was under contract with Seattle or left on bad terms, it would be different.

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  • John E. April 14, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Yeah I could see a deal for Lee and, if so, maybe a new contract for a few years if Seattle is out of it and is willing to deal him.
    They can offer him something similar to what they would have offered Werth, assuming they won’t be able to resign him. And then they’ll have Moyer’s contract coming off the books after this season too.

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