Martinez: 'I need emotion of competition'
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Pedro Martinez could be back on a major league mound soon.
"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 deal with the New York Mets ended after last season, making Martinez a free agent.
"Chicago and Tampa Bay are the two teams that have shown the most interest and we are negotiating with them, although I've told my agent not to call me until it's a done deal," he said.
However, ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine reported that according to a source close to the situation, while the Cubs did have a scout look at Martinez a month ago, no negotiations with Martinez have taken place.
Martinez wants to sign with the team that has the best chance of winning a pennant.
"I need the emotion of competition," he said.
ESPNChicago.com writer Bruce Levine and The Associated Press contributed to this report.