Pedro Martinez won't be re-signing with the Phillies and may not pitch at all this season

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Tomorrow will mark exactly one year since Pedro Martinez signed with the Phillies after sitting out the first half, but don’t expect a similar scenario for the future Hall of Famer this season.
In speaking yesterday to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., agent Fernando Cuza revealed that Martinez has yet to even begin throwing off a mound.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes that we can “cross Martinez off the Phillies’ list of potential pitching help for the second half” because “Amaro would not say there’s zero chance the Phillies bring back Martinez, but you only need to read between the lines to know he won’t be back.”
And at this point it seems unclear whether Martinez plans to pitch at all this season.
He previously talked about wanting to sit out the first half and join a contender for the stretch run again, but it’s already mid-July and he’s certainly not preparing for that to be a reality. Not only was Martinez throwing regularly at this same point last year, he had actually pitched against high-level competition during the World Baseball Classic. And even then his Phillies debut didn’t come until a month after he signed.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training

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Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.

Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.

Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.