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Pedro Martinez ready for return with Phillies

AP | DAN GELSTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Pedro Martinez promised to put on quite a show when he returns to the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The NL East leaders are hoping it will be a vintage performance.

Martinez finalized a $1 million, one-year contract with the Phillies on Wednesday, and can earn up to $1.5 million in incentives. The three-time Cy Young Award winner hasn't pitched since last season and won only eight games in 25 starts over his final two seasons with the Mets.

"I might surprise you, I might not," Martinez said. "It's going to be really fun to go find out."

The Phillies are hoping Martinez has enough left to help them repeat as World Series champions. His dominating 20-win, 200-strikeout seasons are well behind him, but a healthy Martinez could provide a boost to a starting rotation that has been hit hard by injuries.

AP Source: Martinez agrees to deal with Phils

AP | ROB MAADDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A person familar with the negotiations says Pedro Martinez has agreed to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner was in town for a physical, and the Phillies plan a news conference on Wednesday, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement wasn't made it official.

Martinez went 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA for the New York Mets last year. The free agent pitched in the World Baseball Classic before this season.

The defending World Series champion Phillies have been hurt by injuries to their starting rotation. No. 2 starter Brett Myers had hip surgery in June. Philadelphia already has used nine starters through 86 games.