Mets Should Trade Martinez

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pedro Martinez will be entering the final year of his four year contract worth 53 million dollars and recently came out saying if he gets hurt again, he will retire, rather than going through rehab: "If anything goes wrong: Hasta la vista, baby," he said in article on I think that should raise a red flag to Omar Minaya and the Mets front office suggesting they should trade him rather than risk loosing him forever. If he were to get injured next season, the Mets would have to find a permanent stopgap, not just a Triple-A pitcher for a couple of months. I think they should shop him this off season for young pitching, maybe a young outfielder. He is pitching well, so getting a solid position player would clear the way for Mike Pelfrey or Phil Humber. This season, he is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA and 17 K in 16 IP. The Devil Rays have Elijah Dukes, Rocco Baldelli, or B.J. Upton, but in order for him to be traded, he would have to waive his no trade clause. Garrett Atkins has played some outfield and if the Mets can't find a different suitor, Atkins wouldn't be bad. And Martinez might be more inclined to pitch there. Martinez will make 16 million in '08 so the Mets would probably have to take on most of his salary to proceed through trade negotiations. Also, because he only has one more year on his contract, the Mets would probably have to include a prospect or two, or take on the whole contract.


Anonymous 7:36 PM CDT  

yeah i agree, how has he faired at coors field?

Eli 7:39 PM CDT  

never faced colorado

Anonymous 1:12 AM CDT  

In what world, real or theoretical, is the Rockies going to trade Atkins for a 36 year-old pitcher coming off major reconstructive shoulder surgery, even with a couple of prospects tossed in?


And Upton? Are you kidding?

Strong opinions do not automatically make good opinions.

Anonymous 5:47 AM CDT  

we need pitching not batters

Anonymous 7:18 AM CDT  

yeah, obviously...but the point of all his articles on this award winning site is to give teams that have available players who are looking for pitching. also, he doesnt just mention upton. there is dukes and baldelli as well.

Anonymous 10:15 AM CDT  

So the Devil Rays are going to trade Upton, who has almost four years of service time before free agency, is 22 and plays multiple positions to the Mets for Martinez, a guy who MAYBE has one year left in his shoulder? Why do the Devil Rays say yes to this deal?

Anonymous 11:54 PM CDT  

As if Martinez would ever waive his no trade clause to go to the Rockies, or the Devil Rays, or anyone else he doubts would be a strong contender. You drunk?

Anonymous 5:49 PM CDT  

I just visited the site for the first time to check it out...I will never be visiting again after reading this ridiculousness.

Seriously, this belongs on The Brushback or The Sports Pickle.

Anonymous 6:00 PM CDT  

good....the readers dont want you here anyways.