Do the Phillies want Pedro Martinez back?

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While attending David Ortiz’s charity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic over the weekend Pedro Martinez made it clear that he’d like to pitch for the Phillies again in 2010. “They treated me very well and they were very professional,” Martinez said. “They will always have the door open.”
After signing with Philadelphia in July and making his Phillies debut a month later, Martinez went 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 12 starts between the regular season and playoffs. With a 53/12 K/BB ratio in 61.2 innings Martinez certainly showed that he still has the stuff to be an effective middle-of-rotation starter and he reportedly plans to play a full season in 2010.
Of course, at 38 years old Martinez is hardly a good bet to actually pitch a full season. In fact, he hasn’t started 25 games or thrown 150 innings since his first year with the Mets in 2005. Philadelphia has Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and J.A. Happ cemented in the rotation, so the question is whether it’s worth spending, say, $5 million on Martinez rather than turning the fifth spot over to some combination of Jamie Moyer, Kyle Kendrick, and Antonio Bastardo. Probably, but the Phillies seem unlikely to get into any kind of bidding war.

Corey Dickerson has lost 25 pounds

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Corey Dickerson #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo during the Rays' photo day on February 25, 2016 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.

Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.

James McCann is in The Best Shape of His Life

Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann blows a bubble while warming up during a spring training baseball workout, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.

We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.

James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:

Spring training is less than a month away, folks!