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Monday, July 13, 2009
Pedro Martinez taking physical in PhillyPosted by Troy Patterson at 12:34pm
Ken Rosenthal is reporting at FOX Sports that Pedro Martinez will be taking a physical tomorrow and could sign with the Phillies as early as Wednesday. He would need about 3 weeks to get ready and start for the Phillies and is not expected to interfere in any Halladay dealings.
Does Martinez have anything left in the tank though?
His 2008 was a shadow of himself and his K/BB in 109 innings stood at only 1.98, which was the lowest he has ever had. His xFIP of 4.61 was better than his ERA at 5.78, but still not the Pedro of old.
His WBC showing was quite good going 6 innings in 2 games with 6 strikeouts and no walks, but the sample size is much to small to get any sign of what to expect. His changeup was still strong in 2008 with a value of 2.36 per 100 pitches, but will that be enough without the dominant fastball?
I'm gonna say pass for now in most leagues since his home park isn't going to help him, but keep a close eye on him. At worst he's probably league average with a 4+ ERA, but with his ability to control walks he could be a solid pickup in deeper leagues.
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