Red Sox Sign Ramon Martinez
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ The Boston Red Sox signed free agent right-hander Ramon Martinez today, uniting him with his brother.
Martinez, 30, the older brother of the club’s ace, Pedro, reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with an option. No terms were announced.
Martinez, who played all of his 11 major-league seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, has a 123-77 career record with a 3.45 ERA. He pitched a no-hitter July 14, 1995 against the Florida Marlins.
Last season, Martinez was 7-3 before his season was cut short with shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff in June. He has been throwing twice a week and the Red Sox are hoping he’ll join them about mid-season.
``I’m glad to be with my brother again,″ Martinez said. ``I’d like to be here the rest of my career.″
Martinez talked to Pedro, whom the Red Sox acquired in a trade from Montreal in November 1997, before joining the club. But the choice was his alone.
``We discussed this issue and we talked to each other about this decision,″ he said. ``He said it’s up to you. We’re going to help each other.″
``Ramon’s a proven major-league pitcher,″ general manager Dan Duquette said. ``He brings excellent leadership ability to the Red Sox and we’re looking forward to him making a contribution to this year’s team.″
Martinez, an All-Star with the Dodgers in 1990 and ’91, threw 30 pitches off a bullpen mound in front of Duquette, assistant general manager Mike Port and team physician Dr. Arthur Pappas in a workout before the signing. On his final pitch, he unloaded a hard fastball before walking off with a smile.
``It feels great. Everything’s coming along very, very well,″ he said. ``I don’t have exactly the date I’ll be back. I don’t have any question I’ll be back and I’ll be back 100 percent.
``That (last pitch) was a good sign. I let one go a little, but I know I can do better.″
``He’s coming along on his rehab very nicely,″ Duquette said. ``He had good life on his fastball. Good control. He had a little extra on the last one.″
Martinez played with Pedro for parts of the 1992 and ’93 seasons before Pedro was traded to Montreal.