considering Omar Minaya's fondness of the pitcher.
Pedro Martinez lost one potential suitor when the Indians signed Carl Pavano. Before securing Pavano with a contract for $1.5 million plus $5.3 million in incentives, the Indians had been pursuing Martinez, it was learned. The Indians never made a formal offer, but they were contemplating something in the $7 million range depending on how his health checked out.
Pedro's longtime agent Fern Cuza told SI.com a couple weeks ago that four teams were showing interest in the Cooperstown-bound pitcher at the time. The Mets have had some interest, but their signing of Tim Redding might put Martinez on the back burner for now. At present, the Mets seem to be concentrating on Oliver Perez, with Randy Wolf seen as the more likely backup plan in case they don't get Perez.
Perez can never be counted out when it comes to the Mets, since GM Omar Minaya is a big fan. However, Martinez also would like to join a team where he has a clear path to a spot in the rotation, and that seems uncertain now with the Mets.
The Diamondbacks are at least one more team showing interest in Martinez.