Quote: Pedro on Mets, Manuel on Pedro

Pedro Martinez is quoted by the Daily News as saying he would like to return to the Mets, “but I’m not going to go chasing the Mets.”

“I have my goals and I have my things that I want to achieve in life,” Martinez said.  “If it’s not with the Mets, it will be with someone else.  But if they want a fifth starter who’s been there – I don’t know how much they want me – I’m available.”

Jerry Manuel, on Martinez, while talking to reporters following today’s game in St. Lucie, said:

“Pedro is a Hall of Fame pitcher and one of the greatest pitchers of our time, but I feel very confident in the people we have in camp that they can get the job done.  Do you like Pedro?  Of course, you love Pedro.  But you have to be fair to the people that we have here.”

This morning, in a poll to MetsBlog.com, 58 percent of people said the Mets should sign Martinez to be their fifth starter, while the rest preferred to give the job to either Livan Hernandez, Jon Niese, Tim Redding or Freddy Garcia.