Integrity FAIL: ESPN (and I suppose us?) Blowing the Pedro Thing Out of Proportion

We just told you that ESPN was reporting the Phillies have been talking to Pedro Martinez's agent, but Ryan Lawrence of the Delco Times (who does a great job by the way, follow him on Twitter @ryanlawrence21) says that ESPN is blowing things out of proportion, and brings us the full comments from Ruben Amaro: [read more on Lawrence's blog]

Q: Have you talked to Pedro:
A: I've talked to his agent a couple of
times, but if I were a betting man, I would not necessarily count on
him, but that does not rule the possibility out.

Q: Have you
seen him throw?
A: I have not seen Pedro in a long time.

Active talks with Pedro?
A: We're not negotiating.

There you have it, ESPN sensationalizing the news just a bit.

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3 Responses

  1. It was a weird rumor to begin with. How can a GM look at what ails this team and even consider how Pedro could be the most helpful move? Pedro is just not what they need right now. Last year he made sense since they were trying to get Lee or Halladay and needed another starter to get them through the last 2 months in case they had to include Happ.
    I guess he could be a slight upgrade over Blanton or Kendrick on their worst days, although he’s basically an 80-90 pitch pitcher at this point. I just don’t get it. If they were talking about bullpen help or another outfielder with some pop or a middle infielder with a better bat as Rollins Insurance or a guy who can Utley some games off, then I could see it. Signing another old below average starting pitcher is like a waste of time.

  2. I agree. There are SO MANY other things that need to be addressed before bringing in a 4th starter.

  3. I was more upset by the comment by ESPN last night that the reason why the Phils are slumping is because they haven’t been able to steal signs since getting caught by the Rockies. I thought that was the most unprofessional comment I’ve ever heard. I know everyone hates Philly sports teams, I used to that but that comment was above and beyond viscious. Shame on ESPN!

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