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    Martinez signed a one-year deal with the Phils Tuesday night.

    Pedro Martinez is now a Philadelphia Phillie.

    Martinez signed a one-year deal with the Phils Tuesday for about $1 million with an additional $1.5 million in incentives MLB.com reported—Far less than the $4 million he sought.

    Martinez, 37, was ready to join the Phillies after he passed his physical Tuesday, according to reports.

    The three-time Cy Young winner arrived to Philadelphia Airport late Monday night and told NBC Philadelphia’s John Clark that he was happy to have an opportunity to be on a winning team.

    Pedro in Philly, Ready to Sign

    [PHI] Pedro in Philly, Ready to Sign
    Pedro Martinez arrived in Philly late Monday, saying he's ready to sign with the Phils and excited by the prospect of playing for a winning team.
    (Published Tuesday, July 14, 2009)

    Martinez said that his mind is more focused on baseball now than it was in the past couple of years. Citing surgery and his father’s death as reasons he has been distracted, Martinez said that he hopes he can bring whatever help the Phils need “to make it to the final lap.”

    Despite his incredible record of 2.91 ERA and .684 winning percentage over 17 Major League seasons, Martinez didn't get a contract to start the season.

    Last season with the Mets, Martinez had a 5.61 ERA in the 20 games he pitched.