The possibility of Pedro coming home to "daddy" still exists. Martinez, who was 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA for the Red Sox this season, met with owner George Steinbrenner earlier this month at Tampa's Legends Field for a session of getting acquainted with The Boss.
Naturally, the Red Sox are also interested in bringing Martinez back to their World Championship team. Following the Steinbrenner visit, Boston already improved upon their original two-year, $25 million offer – one that the Mets would likely have to one-up by guaranteeing a third year in a potential contract.
While the Mets have already signed righthander Kris Benson to a three-year, $25.5 million contract this offseason, the club also recently came to a mutual agreement with free-agent pitcher Al Leiter to step away from the negotiating table and explore other options. Leiter and the Mets had been locked in a stalemate for weeks concerning a potential one-year contract.