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11/17/08 8:25 PM EST
Agent: Pedro will 'definitely' pitch in '09
Several clubs have reportedly expressed interest in righty
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Pedro Martinez, something of an afterthought in this year's free-agent pool, definitely plans to continue his career. And, according to his agent, he could do so back in the Mets' rotation. Fernando Cuza, Martinez's agent, detailed the 36-year-old right-hander's plans in a phone interview with SI.com. "He's definitely coming back," Cuza said. "He's got all the baggage behind him. He's ready to go get it. It'll be fun to see the old Pedro again." That "old Pedro" hasn't been seen for three years, since he went 15-8 in 2005, the first season of the four-year contract he signed with the Mets as a free agent. Martinez went 17-15 in the last three years of the deal, beset by numerous physical and personal setbacks. Cuza said several teams have already inquired about Martinez. While not identifying the Mets as one of them, the agent said, "I think the Mets are a possibility. They know him better than most. They know the condition he's in. They know about the personal problems that affected him last year. When Pedro's healthy, he's one of the best, and he's healthy." Even after his struggles the last three seasons, Martinez has a career record of 214-99.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.