Pedro Martinez still merely Phillies' backup plan

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ESPN Deportes reported yesterday that the Phillies were negotiating with Pedro Martinez, but this afternoon David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News says “a return by Pedro is not imminent” and the two sides “are not close to an agreement.”
Murphy notes that Martinez “remains an option for the Phillies should they find themselves in need of starting pitching later in the season,” but says “the coaching staff and front office feel like their best course of action is to evaluate their current rotation before making any drastic decisions.”
Joe Blanton is expected to come off the disabled list by the end of the month, likely bumping Kyle Kendrick to the bullpen or Triple-A while leaving Jamie Moyer as the Phillies’ fifth starter. And the Phillies are off to a 6-1 start, so there’s no rush to bring Pedro back into the fold.

Scooter Gennett wins arbitration case against Reds

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The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.

Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.

Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.