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Pedro Martinez Not Coming Back In 2010, Jeff Suppan Can Breathe Easier

One of my personal favorite dark-horse candidates for the Cardinals’ perpetually vacant fifth starter slot has announced he won’t be pitching in 2010, which doesn’t amount to retirement, apparently.

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Pedro’s old and half-broken-down, but it should be said that his K:BB ratio in 2009 was better than any of the Cardinals’ various Cy Young candidates. That would have looked good in this rotation—and somewhat cheaper than Roy Oswalt.