While I like Pedro, and appreciate what he did for us last year, his fastball was topping out at 86 MPH by Game 6 of the World Series, after only 3 months of pitching. He's 38, and no longer a viable option for the Phils. Yet, Ruben Amaro still seems to be interested in his progress, and the Phils will look a hard look at Pedro, should he decide to come back.
Baseball is the only sport where someone can sit on the shelf for three months, then offer up their services to a team in need. Roger Clemens started this trend, now Pedro is following. It's like a posting under the "Services" tab on Craiglist. I can just see Pedro's now:
38 year old Dominican pitcher seeks starting role on Major League contender. Willing to relocate (temporarily).
8 time all-star
3 time cy-young award winner
2004 World Series Champion
Most influential man to ever play in Yankee Stadium (self proclaimed)
Most recent employment includes temp position with the Phillies, pitched in new Yankee Stadium during World Series— that appearance, also influential, it handed the Yankees the World Series.
Trustworthy, no prior record, although I did once throw an old man to the ground (he came after me!)
Compensation: negotiable, but I don't accept anything under 7 figures.
Do quality work, and sure to please in press conferences.
You can call my agent, or find me on MySpace: MySpace.com/MangoMan