Jobless Martinez hungry to pitch

Several free agents using WBC as springboard to major league jobs

Updated: March 6, 2009, 7:13 PM ET
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- While walking toward the team bus that would take him back to the hotel from Hiram Bitorn Stadium, free-agent pitcher Pedro Martinez was asked whether he knew if he was pitching for the Dominican Republic in the first round of the World Baseball Classic.

"I'm ready to pitch every day," Martinez said.

"Every day?" the interviewer asked.

"Hey, whatever it takes," Martinez said.

Such are the sacrifices that must be made for veterans, such ...

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