Mets have 'no interest' in Pedro Martinez

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According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News the Mets “have the payroll flexibility to add a top starter if they remain in contention” and “recognize that the rotation is the area most in need of help from outside the organization.”
However, “a person with direct knowledge of the Mets’ thinking” told Martino that “the team has no interest in re-enlisting Pedro Martinez.”
Martinez pitched for the Mets from 2005-2008, going 32-23 with a 3.88 ERA while being limited to just 79 starts because of injuries. After sitting out the first half of last season he joined the Phillies’ rotation and went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA and 37/8 K/BB ratio in 44.2 innings spread over nine starts.
He threw seven shutout innings against the Dodgers in the NLCS before losing both World Series starts against the Yankees, which is no doubt part of why Martino writes that Martinez “showed signs of fragility at age 38.” That’s certainly true, but fragility or not he pitched well for the Phillies and teams like the Mets won’t find a better mid-season addition to the rotation without having to part with prospects.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.