Pedro reaffirms desire to pitch in '10

Pedro reaffirms desire to pitch in '10

Pedro Martinez remains intent on pitching in 2010, and the Phillies remain on his mind.

Playing in former Red Sox teammate David Ortiz's charity golf tournament in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, on Saturday, the veteran right-hander made it clear his experience with the Phillies was a good one, right up through the World Series.

Martinez told the Associated Press the Phillies "treated me very well and they were very professional. They will always have the door open."

A three-time Cy Young Award winner, Martinez went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA with the Phillies down the stretch, and made three starts (0-2, 3.71 ERA) in the playoffs, including the Game 6 loss that clinched the World Series for the Yankees.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Martinez shortly after the World Series that the Phillies have not closed the door on his return in 2010, but are focusing their efforts elsewhere.

"More specifically, our need at third base and in our bullpen," Amaro said. "Those two areas are our priorities."

In the interview with the AP on Saturday, Martinez expressed his desire to pitch for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League. Last spring while unsigned by a Major League club, Martinez pitched for the Dominican team in the World Baseball Classic.

Martinez's agent, Fernando Cuza, said in November that Martinez intends to pitch the entire 2010 season, after signing in July with the Phillies this year.

John Schlegel is a national reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.