Martinez: 'I need emotion of competition'

Updated: June 18, 2009, 12:29 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- 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.

"There's a good chance I'll be signing soon, but there still isn't anything firm," Martinez told The Associated Press.

Martinez, 37, has been training in his native Dominican Republic in hopes of returning to the majors. His four-year ...

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