Martinez would make sense for Yanks

George Steinbrenner would sign Pedro Martinez -- a free agent after this year -- just to spite the Red Sox brass.

Updated: February 26, 2004, 8:45 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • Does anybody like the corporate naming rights nonsense that plagues modern baseball? Outside of the executives on both sides who make the deals, no. Here's an idea: no company can put its name on a stadium unless it pays for at least half of the construction costs.'s Jim Caple invited his readers to rename the stadiums that currently sport corporate monikers. These are the results.

  • Bernie Williams is probably feeling a little marginalized these days with the signing of Kenny Lofton to a two-year contract by the Yankees. Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggests that it should be Williams and not Lofton who leads off for the potent Yankee offense.

  • In spite of all the tribulations in last year's American League Championship Series, is it really such a stretch to picture Pedro Martinez in a Yankee uniform? Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald suggests that George Steinbrenner would sign Martinez -- a free agent after this year -- just to spite the Red Sox brass.
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