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.
In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.
Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.
Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.