Pedro Close to Signing with Cubs or Rays?

Just after the Cubs lost to the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon, the Associated Press released a report that stated Pedro Martinez could be back on a major league mound soon. The right-hander said on Wednesday that he has had talks with the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays and hopes to sign a contract in the near future.

Martinez told the Associated Press, “There’s a good chance I’ll be signing soon, but there still isn’t anything firm.” The Cubs and Rays have shown the most interest in the free-agent pitcher according to Martinez.

Updated – 7:58pm C.T. – Bruce Levine Shoots Down the Pedro Martinez Rumors

The rumors of the Cubs interest in Pedro Martinez have been making the rounds in recent weeks. Jim Hendry addressed the rumors with Dave Kaplan last week and he said they would not be doing their due diligence if they did not have a scout look at a pitcher of the caliber of Pedro Martinez. Hendry said then no deal was pending.

Pedro Martinez wants to sign with a contending team … and he views the Cubs and the Rays as viable options.

Stay Tuned….

UpdateAccording to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs are not in negotiations with Pedro Martinez … and none have taken place. The Cubs attended his workout, but that is all according to Levine.

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