This almost certainly means that the Mets have decided not to bring back Pedro Martinez. Conti was on the staff primarily because he was a close confidante of Pedro going back to when both were with the Dodgers.
Should the Yankees have any interest in Martinez?
At first glance, certainly not. He hasn’t made more than 23 starts in a season since 2005 and this season was 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA. He allowed 127 hits in 109 innings.
Pedro turns 37 tomorrow and there’s a good chance he’s finished. If he goes back to the Dominican and retires, it would not be a surprise.
But as Mike Mussina showed this season, veteran pitchers can reinvent themselves in the late stages of their career. If Pedro is healthy and is willing to make changes, he has the intelligence to be an effective starter. The man is one of the best pitchers of his generation and has stood up to the AL East heat before.
Of course it’s a moot point because Jorge Posada would probably kill him two days into spring training. But I’d have more faith in Pedro being useful than Eric Milton or Victor Zambrano and the Yankees are giving them a chance.