Enrique Rojas of ESPN reports that the Phillies have had discussions with Pedro Martinez
about making a comeback. Or I guess that would be another comeback. Really, in this age of half-season stints by old dudes, I’m not sure how we refer to this sort of thing.
Point is, the Phillies are interested in having Martinez back on the team if he’s willing to have them. Pedro says he wants to pitch this year, but he’s not making any commitments at the moment. He was useful last season — 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA in nine starts — but he’s not exactly a horse these days, even by his own somewhat fragile standards.
It makes sense that the Phillies’ recent swoon would have them nostalgic for last year, but I’m having a hard time seeing how making overtures to Pedro Martinez would really help anything. Their problem is that they can’t hit the ball. I like me some Pedro, but at this point, he’d be more likely to help that problem by signing with the Phillies’ opponents than he would with the team.
The Orioles have re-signed infielder Pedro Alvarez to a minor league deal, per a report from Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. The deal guarantees Alvarez $1 million if he makes the 40-man roster and another $2 million in potential performance bonuses. The team has yet to confirm the deal.
This will be Alvarez’s third year with the Orioles. After posting decent numbers in 2016, the 31-year-old was relegated to the minors for the majority of the 2017 season and saw only 14 games at the big league level. He finished the year with an underwhelming .239/.294/.442 batting line and 26 home runs through 595 plate appearances for Triple-A Norfolk.
Alvarez is expected to split his time between first base and DH this spring, and MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli notes that he’s unlikely to experiment with another outfield role. While he isn’t too far removed from his last productive season in the majors, the veteran infielder will function purely as insurance for first baseman Chris Davis and designated hitter Mark Trumbo and will likely begin the season in the minors.