For months, I've been thinking that the Mets were done with Pedro Martinez. They had signed guys like Tim Redding and Freddy Garcia who could easily outperform the aging, injured Pedro. No more.
With Redding, Garcia, Livan Hernandez and a bunch of others in the running, and none of them pitching effectively, there is no reason the Mets shouldn't bring back Pedro.
I'm not going to argue the statistics route, because it's only spring training and numbers really don't matter. So far though, we've seen Redding struggle in his first appearance. Garcia just doesn't seem to have any power left in his arm. Hernandez is bound to have an ERA over five, even if he does throw 200 innings.
Pedro would do a few things for the Mets. He would push the other pitchers in competing for that last spot. He would provide insurance, if he was willing to go to AAA if he did not win the roster spot. He would also mentor some young pitchers.
Sign him to a one-year deal, with a bunch of incentives, and I'll be happy. He did help change this franchise, if you like to believe it or not.
Bring back Pedro Martinez.