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Pedro attempting a comeback with the Phils?

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The Philadelphia Phillies appear desperate. In search of starting pitching, and while the rumors of a trade for Roy Halladay are swirling, at least five members of the Phils’ front office is watching Pedro Martinez pitch in the Dominican Republic.Pedro

The past two seasons have been largely ineffective for Pedro. In that time span, he’s gone 8-7 in only 137 innings pitched. In fact, the last year in which Pedro pitched like Pedro was in 2005, when he went 15-8 with an ERA of 2.82. Four years removed from that time, Pedro has been training in the Dominican, waiting for a team to come calling. It appears that the Phillies could be that team.

The Phils, who have had one of the worst starting rotation’s ERA in the majors this season, have been decimated by injuries. Brett Myers is expected to be lost for the season with hip surgery. His replacement, Antonio Bastardo, is now on the DL with an arm injury. The Phils dug deeper into their minor league pool, and called up former big leaguer Rodrigo Lopez. Lopez, who hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2007, had two effective starts for Philadelphia. He had to be pulled from his last start with shoulder tendinitis, but he is expected to make his next start. Even if Lopez went on the DL, the Phillies still have much depth in their minor league system. Former big leaguer Kyle Kendrick was sent down to work on his confidence and develop a change up. He has been average at Triple A, but still a viable option. Alongside him is top prospect, Carlos Carrasco, who has been streaky so far this season. Even deeper into the system, two number one picks, Joe Savery and Kyle Drabek, have been tearing it up at Double A Reading. Savery has won 10 games, and Drabek has owned opposing hitters since being called up from Clearwater.

Outside the team, the Phillies have been actively looking for a starter not named Pedro. Roy Halladay has been mentioned in many rumors, but the Phils would have to give up top prospects, such as Drabek and Carrasco. They would have Halladay for the next one and a half years, but it seems unlikely that the Phils would be willing to mortgage their future. Personally, I look for the Phillies to continue their recent trend in the past years, and go under the radar to pick up a starter. Seattle’s Jarrod Washburn and Boston’s Brad Penny fit the bill. Although neither would fill the void at the top of the rotation next to Cole Hamels, it seems like the best option for the Phils. Unless Pedro still has some magic left in his right arm, don’t expect him to sign, or make much of an impact if he does.


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  1. Baseballbriefs.com tracking back Pedro attempting a comeback with the Phils?…

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    July 21, 2009 at 2:42 PM

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