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Friedman downplays Rays’ Pedro interest

Posted Jun 19, 2009 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Jun 19, 2009 at 06:12 PM

NEW YORK—The Rays were indeed among the teams watching Pedro Martinez throw today in the Dominican Republic, but executive vice president Andrew Friedman indicated Tampa Bay doesn’t have much interest in signing the 37-year-old pitcher.

“We have a responsibility to do our due diligence,” Friedman said. “I think a lot more is being made of it publicly than really exists.”

The Rays certainly don’t need a starter with the pending dilemma of how to make room for Scott Kazmir when he is ready to return already on their plate. The New York Post reported yesterday that the Rays were considering Martinez as a reliever, but his asking price likely would be especially exorbitant if he was placed in that role.

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