Will the Pirates and Pedro Martinez finalize a deal following the World Baseball Classic?
As i wrote briefly last week in one of my spring training reports, the Pirates will be keeping a close eye on pitcher Pedro Martinez during the WBC. The Pirates are highly interested in Martinez and are expected to make a offer following the tournament. The Pirates are willing to go as high as one year – $3.5 million. No team has been willing to go above $2 million per season.
Jon Heyman of SI.com, one of the most reliable writers in the business, speculates that the Pirates may be the only suitor for Martinez.
Heyman on Martinez: “Like Pudge, Pedro plans to use the WBC to show everyone he’s still got it. While he was mostly hurt in 2008, this guy should never be counted out. The Indians made an early run at him, and the Pirates have called. With Livan Hernandez looking good in Mets camp, it’s uncertain whether old friend Omar Minaya will have room. The Dodgers could become a possibility. And if all else fails, he always has the Pirates.”
Report provided by Brian Kelly