Via George King -
The Yankees took a look at Pedro Martinez in the Dominican Republic and informed the right-handed pitcher they will pass on signing him.
Yankees scout Gordon Blakeley was in Santo Domingo with representatives from the Rangers, Rays, Angels and Brewers.
Though Martinez’s fastball was clocked from 86-90 mph on an older radar gun, according to somebody with knowledge of the workout, the emphasis was on proving to teams it wont take him long to be ready for the major leagues.
“What he wanted to do and teams wanted to see was his arm action and control,” said agent Fernando Cuza, who wasn’t in the Dominican Republic for the showcase.
“He accomplished what he wanted. With his routine of throwing every fifth day it would be about two weeks (to be ready for the big leagues).”
Cuza said he received positive feedback from a few of the teams in attendance.
Yanks passing on Slippery Pete? Now, if that doesn’t make you want to put on your happy hands and dance, what will?