The right-hander told the New York Post his reasons for wanting to return to the Mets: "I'm anxious to get out there with the team that we have right now. We should be really close to a team that will win it all, and I want to be part of it."Also according to the Post, Martinez's agent, Fern Cuza, will finally take a meeting next week with general manager Omar Minaya to explore the possibility of the Mets taking back the 37-year-old, who went 17-15 in the final three years of his four-year contract. Slider: Boras The agent's renowned M.O. of creating artificial competition for his clients got a little grilling from the San Francisco Chronicle, as it pertains to the Giants' perceived lust for Manny Ramirez. "Boras is spreading word that the Giants are going to make a big push for Ramirez in the next day or two," the newspaper reports. "The Giants' reaction to that was laughter on the other end of the phone line." Knuckleball: Randall Simon He's the former Pirates first baseman who got into some hot pasta a few years ago for taking a bat to the Italian Sausage during one of the Brewers' daily sausage races at Miller Park. On Jan. 13, the Brewers will hold a tryout in Arizona. Yes, Simon, who is only 33 and played last year for the independent Newark Bears, plans to be there. So does second baseman Mark Bellhorn, among others. Off-the-mound developments: The Red Sox re-signed Mark Kotsay for $1.5 million, and also formally announced their $5 million agreement with right-hander Brad Penny. The Royals signed the versatile Willie Bloomquist for two years and approximately $3 million. Bloomquist had a .377 on-base percentage last season, his seventh with the Mariners. In Minor League deals, the Dodgers signed left-hander Shawn Estes, and the Orioles brought back Chris Gomez, who spent two years (2005-06) backing up Miguel Tejada at shortstop. Gomez is a well-traveled big league survivor: 2009 would be his 17th season, and his eighth team change.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.