Free agent pitcher Pedro Martinez told the Boston Herald that he will begin a throwing program this week in preparation for signing a deal later in the season.
"I'm in good shape, real good. It doesn't take me that long to get ready," said Martinez.
In 9 starts last season with the Phillies, Martinez posted a 5-1 record and a 3.63 ERA. Martinez still had good command, striking out 37 to just 8 walks.
The Boston Globe is reporting that the Mariners, Twins, and Dodgers have been linked to Martinez, but added that Martinez still "harbors bad feelings" for the Dodgers.
However, the Dodgers are in dire need of pitching, especially if their best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, is going to be on pitch count all season long. The Cubs should also be considered a candidate for Martinez.
The Cubs tried to add a reliever all spring but opted to go with three rookies instead. With Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny manning the back end of that rotation, they may benefit from a veteran like Martinez as we progress into the later months of the season.