Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Phillies reportedly ink PedrPhillies reportedly ink Pedro Martinez to one-year dealo Martinez to one-year deal

The defending champion Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly signed veteran right-hander Pedro Martinez.

Baseball sources told that the one-year pact is worth about $1 million, plus another $1.5 million in incentives. A news conference in Philadelphia is scheduled for Wednesday. The eight-time All-Star will need to make at least a few starts in the minors before joining Philadelphia's depleted rotation. He was 5-6 with a 5.61 earned-run average for the New York Mets last year and pitched in the World Baseball Classic before this season.

After pitching twice in front of Phillies brass last week, Martinez underwent, and reportedly passed, a physical on Tuesday.

Count Commissioner Bud Selig among those who didn't think it was fair the Dodgers' Manny Ramirez was able to play in the minor leagues while serving a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.

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