Jun
18

Edes: Yanks scouting Pedro

By

Pedro Martinez, after a strong showing for the Dominican team in the WBC, remains a free agent this year. He’s no longer the Pedro of the late 1990s, but to me, he seemed to be throwing free and easy against the international competition. Meanwhile, as the spring has stretched onto summer, Pedro is holding auditions in the DR. According to Gordon Edes, Yankee scouts will watch Pedro throw on Friday.

This is definitely interesting and intriguing news. As Edes notes, the Yankees are concerned with their pitching depth in light of an ineffective Chien-Ming Wang, and Pedro would help them shore up that hole. With Brian Bruney back and Phil Hughes providing some solid pen work for now, the team’s bullpen presents fewer concerns than it did a few weeks ago. So Pedro would be something of a luxury. While I pondered Pedro in January, I can’t see the team really finding a place for him. He won’t be guaranteed a role, and it’s doubtful whether he could still succeed in the AL East. It never hurts to kick the tires though.

  • radnom

    Ugh. No.

  • e mills

    he can’t be worse than Tomko. Give him a bullpen role

    • Bryan

      Agreed

  • John

    Maybe he can be our Brad Penny and we can trade him for prospects if he pitches well and we do not need in the playoff race to a team that needs a starter for the stretch. (this is IF we sign him)

    • Tom Zig

      Yeah let’s trade him for a Justin Smoak like player

  • Reggie C.

    Wish we had Smoltz pitching in AA right now. Where’d he go again?

    • John

      Why would he sign with us given he would’ve had a small chance for pitching for us in the beginning?

      • pat

        He was being sarcastic. ESPN slobbed Boston’s knob for the signing and smoltz hasn’t done sheet since signing.

        • John

          Was he really? Doesn’t seem like it. Damn…Sarcasm Meter EPIC FAIL

          • pat

            Hahah at least I hope so, you never know. I guess thats a big ol fail on my part for thinking he was being sarcastic. Lets just pretend this never happened.

            • John

              No deal. Im going to use this fail (if it was) against you for the rest of your life and make you have nightmares about it by bringing it up everytime you posy.

              Just kidding…I agree.

              • John

                *post not posy

                • pat

                  Maybe sir reginald will come regale us with his true intent.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    It never hurts to kick the tires though.

    +45

    I don’t think Pedro represents a significant downgrade from anyone.

  • Charlie

    Yikes, we should be scouting international prospects, not a washed up 37 year old. Pedro does not fit at all, and he probably wouldn’t accept a bullpen role, plus our bullpen is getting much better anyway.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Just because the Yankees are scouting Pedro doesn’t mean they’re not scouting IFAs.

      • radnom

        Don’t you remember anything from this past winter??

        The Yankees could only talk to one free agent at a time, clearly the same principle applies to scouting1

      • Charlie

        i know, i’m just saying

  • Mark B

    Boggs coming over was fine. Clemens becoming a Yankee I could live with. Pedro wearing the pinstripes? I don’t think so…the memories of that prick wearing the Boston red is too recent and painful to remember!

    • Drew

      He wants to come home to his daddy.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

        +A lot

        IETC

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Too recent? He hasn’t been on Boston since the Year That Shall Not Be Named. That was half a decade ago.

      • Mark B

        Don Zimmer says hello promises to be available for his first game if he signs!

    • Cam

      +1

    • TheLastClown

      Eh, its washed over with that clownish blue/orange in my mind.

  • Charlie

    so the game is not happenin at all, right?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      They still say it might. I’m highly skeptical.

    • John

      I hope it does. I dont want it to be a burden in the playoff race, taking yet another off-day from us.

    • Drew

      tarp will come off in ten minutes. That’s my guess.

      • Drew

        i was off by 15 minutes.

  • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

    Why did the Yanks keep Hughes for instead of getting Santana? Start the kid already and stop sniffing around old has-beens.

    • Drew

      lol, Pedro Martinez would have NO effect on Phil Hughes starting.

      • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

        How so? If Pedro is in the rotation, Hughes is still in the pen/Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

        I don’t think they’re looking at Pedro for bullpen help and I believe Pedro wants to start.

        • Drew

          We don’t need a starter. They are going to watch him pitch. nothing has happened. Nothing probably will happen. Pedro Martinez will not start over phil.

  • Cozimoto

    Me thinks the Yanks are in D.R. to see how much that Sano kid is gonna cost em.

  • Mike HC

    I vaguely remember something in the Torre/Verducci book that many Yankees were outspokenly against signing Pedro the last time he was a free agent. I would assume those Yankees were namely Posada, and probably Jeter too. I wonder how this Yankee team would respond to adding Pedro. I have a feeling Jorge and Pedro might still have some issues, to put it lightly.

    • John

      Cervelli will definitely catch Pedro IF we sign him.

  • tampayankee

    Uh Why? Casey Fossum is a younger pitcher in AAA who is light years better than a washed up Pedro…hell Wang is better than a washed up pedro. This team NEEDS BATS NOT ARMS see the game last night if you need any more proof!

    • Eric

      lol, this is one of the dumber things I’ve read in a while. How exactly does the team “NEED BATS”?

      • Tom Zig

        The needing bats thing will go away when A-rod starts hitting.

  • Jake K.

    I can’t see it happening, but I would get a little joy from seeing Pedro in pinstripes, even once.

  • PEDROS DADDY

    Pedro Martinez was my most HATED red Sox. More than Manny , Poppi ….
    I hated poppi and manny cuz they just always seamed to beet us . But Pedro actually threw at us and almost broke jeters hands on his high and tight pitch about a dozen times…I HATED PEDRO .
    If the yanx kick the tires on this one I will throw up in my mouth …..

  • Dan12

    if he signs id say for sure posada wouldnt be his catcher….let the posada to DH debate continue

  • http://www.twitter.com/hrldm Harold Martinez

    It makes business sense to sign Pedro Martinez…ALL the Dominicans who adore him will pack the stadium and he will sell lots of Jerseys…Hard to predict how much that sum will amount to versus a contract, but the investment/profit ratio would not be bad.

    Plus, if anything…he’s rested.

  • Frankie

    Pedro is better than Wang.

  • Justin

    I’m sorry… I am always all for trying to make a team better, but in this case, based on my strong hatred of Pedro Martinez, I don’t ever want to see him stain a Yankee uniform. I just can’t stand the guy. If he ever was signed by the Yankees, I would turn the TV off every time he came out to pitch. All I can think about is all the stuff that went on between the Red Sox and Yankees during the times he pitched.

  • Pingback: Midday rumor round-up: Pedro, Papelbon | River Avenue Blues