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Pedro throws for employee of Rays

Pedro throws for employee of Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Pitcher Pedro Martinez worked out for a Rays employee in the Dominican Republic this week.

The employee has a close relationship with Martinez and watched him throw lightly on the side. There is no news about whether the session was serious.

Martinez, 37, has not pitched in the Major Leagues since Sept. 25 last season and went 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA in 20 starts for the Mets in 2008. He has remained home in the Dominican Republic all year and pitched for the Dominican national team in the World Baseball Classic this spring.

Martinez completed a four-year deal with New York worth $53 million that ended after the 2008 season. It was reported that he was asking between $5 million and $8 million for another season with other teams.

Martinez is a three-time Cy Young Award winner with a career record of 214-99 and 2.91 ERA. He pitched seven seasons for the Boston Red Sox from 1998-2004 and was 11-4 with a 1.99 ERA in 20 starts against the Rays in his career.

Zach Schonbrun is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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