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Martinez Plans to Report When Camp Opens

January 5, 2005

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ Pedro Martinez plans to arrive at his first spring training with New York Mets on the voluntary reporting date.

Martinez, who signed a $53 million four-year contract with New York, made a habit of reporting to the Boston Red Sox after the voluntary date but before the mandatory deadline.

``I will arrive at spring training on Feb. 17,″ Martinez said Wednesday. ``I’m excited with the deals the Mets are doing to strengthen the team, and I want to start working.″

New York’s first workout for pitchers, catchers and players coming off injuries is the following day, with full-squad workouts starting on Feb. 23. The mandatory reporting date for all players is March 1, and the Mets open the season April 4 at Cincinnati.

``I’m anxious waiting for that day,″ the three-time Cy Young Award winner said.

Martinez, 33, is 182-76 with a 2.71 ERA in 13 seasons with Los Angeles, Montreal and Boston.

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