Purgatory Online

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Now pitching for the Cheyenne Billies:
The Yankees have not made an offer to Martínez, who is seeking a four-year, $60 million contract that the Red Sox are unlikely to give him. The Red Sox initially offered Martínez a two-year, $25.5 million deal, and they recently improved the offer to make an option year easier for Martínez to secure.

But there are no indications that Boston would pay Martínez $15 million a season, and Martínez could be hoping that interest from the Yankees would sway the Red Sox to do so.

"I want respect, affection and the best treatment possible," Martínez said, without specifying a contract figure. "I am not asking for anything that Pedro Martínez doesn't deserve. People don't understand that when it's about a free agent, that means that you can go to the best bidder."

Martínez said he would be honored to be a teammate of the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, the Anaheim Angels' Vladimir Guerrero or the San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds. And he insisted he would not be afraid to leave the Red Sox after seven seasons.

"I would play baseball even in a goat's den," he said. "Anywhere. That doesn't worry me."

Maybe he can sign with Atla-a-a-a-a-anta or Sea-a-a-a-a-attle.