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Cubs, Rays eye Pedro

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  June 11, 2009 08:02 PM

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A source close to Pedro Martinez indicated tonight that both the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays have watched Martinez throw in the Dominican and both teams have begun to at least explore how much money it would take to lure Martinez back to the mound.

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Martinez is evidently ready to get going with the remainder of his career after pitching well in the World Baseball Classic in March. Martinez was reportedly looking for a $5 million deal and most teams shied away because they felt the return from the 36-year-old Martinez wouldn't live up to the outlay of cash. Martinez is expected to be a five or six inning pitcher once he gets back in uniform. It's not known how much time Martinez would need to get into playing shape or whether he would need to make a few minor league starts.

Martinez threw his fastball at around 94 mph.

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