This headline from an Associated Press story tells us what we already know by now. No, Pedro Martinez will not pitch this season. The interesting part, however, is that he said he turned down offers from “several teams” over the past two weeks.
Martinez said he was “very happy” to receive the offers and called them “very tempting,” but that he plans to spend the rest of the year with his kids and going on vacations. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told us last month that the 38-year-old right-hander had yet to throw off a mound, so if true, he’s hardly in baseball shape, anyway.
Any guesses on who the teams may be? I’m thinking the Phillies, Cardinals and Dodgers, just off the top of my head.
Martinez hasn’t ruled out pitching in 2011, but I’m starting to accept the very real possibility that Game 6 of the 2009 World Series was the last we’ll ever see of him. Kind of a bummer, really.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.