The struggling Philadelphia Phillies are looking for some answers. The two-time defending National League Champs are currently 3.5 games out of first place and have lost 19 of their last 27 games. Being in third place is not exactly the spot where GM Ruben Amaro thought the team would be in the middle of June. Especially, after adding Roy Halladay and Placido Polanco during the offseason. And I’d be a fool not to mention Danys Baez.
So what is the answer? Or shall I ask who? It looks like Amaro is going to start with Pedro Martinez, the 38-year old pitcher who the team signed last August, as well. Well, I shouldn’t jump the gun. Amaro is only talking with him, the negotiation process hasn’t started as of yet.
“We have talked to his agent, but there’s nothing so far,” Amaro said. “We are not negotiating, but we’ve been talking to him. It all depends on whether he wants to play or not.”
What could start a negotiation? Perhaps another Jamie Moyer blow up? Last outing, the $8 million man went one complete inning giving up nine runs and nine hits to the Boston Red Sox. To his credit, he held the Sox to only one homerun and one walk. But can his 80 mph fastball and 79 mph changeup keep the Yankees in check Wednesday night? Or is he destined to balloon his ERA above the 7.00 mark, expediting a dollar transaction to get Martinez back in the rotation?
Martinez went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA in nine starts for Philadelphia last year. He also pitched in the playoffs, going 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA.
And I don’t mean to pick on Jamie Moyer, there’s other obvious problems with Philadelphia right now. Kyle Kendrick. Joey Blanton. JA Happ and JRoll on the DL. Chase Utley and Jason Werth not hitting. Amaro has a nice laundry list of things to deal with right now if he wants his team playing baseball in October, again.