|How much is that Pedro in the window?
Paul Byrd isn't the only veteran pitcher looking for work, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Pedro Martinez will resume throwing off a mound today and could be close to deciding on his new team.
Martinez's reported $5 million asking price has seemingly scared most teams away, but Rosenthal notes that the Angels, Nationals, Rangers, and Dodgers could be interested at a lesser salary. Cleveland offered Martinez a contract during the offseason, but that has since been withdrawn, and both the Yankees and Mets have indicated their lack of interest.
While he's obviously just a shell of his former self at this point and struggled down the stretch for the Mets last season, Martinez looked good pitching for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic last month and if healthy certainly still seems capable of being at least a solid back-of-the-rotation starter at the age of 37.
A return to the Dodgers would be fitting, as they originally signed Martinez as a 16-year-old and gave him his first big-league action before trading him to the Expos for Delino DeShields in 1993. He'd slot nicely into the No. 5 spot in their rotation, but there's little chance of the Dodgers shelling out $5 million and it remains to be seen if Martinez is willing to swallow his pride for a more reasonable salary.
My guess? He'll end up with the Nationals.