Rays Reclamation Projects Continue in Pedro's Backyard

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The Rays are hot for some pitching depth, y'all. With Scott Kazmir out with a quad strain and half the bullpen either hurt or named Jason Isringhausen, Joe Maddon's people are starting to do desperate things. Desperate enough to comb the entire Western Hemisphere for aged talent past its prime, and desperate enough to look at someone who wasn't even good enough for the pitching-shallow Orioles to hire this year: get excited people, it's Pedro time!

Pitcher Pedro Martinez worked out for a Rays employee in the Dominican Republic this week.

Martinez, 37, has not pitched in the Major Leagues since Sept. 25 last season and went 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA in 20 starts for the Mets in 2008. He has remained home in the Dominican Republic all year and pitched for the Dominican national team in the World Baseball Classic this spring.

The employee has a close relationship with Martinez and watched him throw lightly on the side. There is no news about whether the session was serious.

No news about whether the session was serious? What, was Pedro wearing comically oversized clown shoes and a red nose? Was he throwing with his left hand? But honestly, I'm delighted to hear that one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game is now reduced to auditioning for a bullpen spot with a fourth-place team in June. I'm also frightened by the possibility of Pedro becoming an elite closer and the Rays finally winning close games and moving up the standings to better reflect their league-best run differential.


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Little-known fact: Pedro's relief outing in Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS was aided by a water-squirting flower.

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