Free-agent right-hander Pedro Martinez has signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, who will announce the signing today, a person with direct knowledge of the transaction said Tuesday night.
Martinez, 37, underwent a physical Tuesday in Philadelphia conducted by team medical staff.
According to a baseball source, the contract is worth about $1 million, and Martinez could make an additional $1.5 million in incentives.
A baseball source also said Martinez could join the Phillies in Miami later this week to work out with the team before beginning a minor-league assignment.
Martinez is 214-99 with a 2.91 earned run average in 17 seasons. Last year, he was 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA for the New York Mets.
“If we were to bring him in, it would not preclude us from doing other things,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who is engaged in efforts to acquire Toronto ace Roy Halladay, among other pitchers.
Steroids committee rejected
Baseball writers have turned down a proposal to form a committee for developing guidelines on evaluating players from the steroids era in Hall of Fame voting.
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander, who brought the matter up at a Chicago chapter meeting last month, made the proposal Tuesday at a national meeting of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
The proposal was voted down, 30-25.
Current rules ask voters to consider a player’s “record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.” Writers who have been BBWAA members for 10 consecutive years are eligible to vote for the Hall of Fame.
In other news, the BBWWA chose three finalists for the Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing: Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun; Joe Giuliotti, a retired writer of the Boston Herald; and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News.
Selig: No rehab for banned
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig wants to keep players on drug suspensions from going to the minor leagues before they return.
Manny Ramirez drew sellout crowds last month in the minors when he played two games at Triple-A Albuquerque and three at Class-A Inland Empire on his rehabilitation assignment before his return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 3.
“I believe that should be changed,” Selig said Tuesday during a question-and-answer session with baseball writers.
Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria withdrew from the All-Star Game because of an infected right ring finger. He was replaced in the American League starting lineup by Texas third baseman Michael Young. … A private group examining stadium options for the Rays doesn’t believe renovating Tropicana Field is a viable alternative to building a new home for the AL champions. The advisory group formed by St. Petersburg mayor Rick Baker is exploring potential sites for a new stadium, as well as discussing ways to bolster attendance and strengthen corporate backing for the franchise.