Minaya, Martinez meet in Dominican Repubic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Free agent Pedro Martinez met with the general manager of the New York Mets in his home country, a month after helping the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series title since 1918, a baseball source told The Associated Press.

The star pitcher had dinner with Omar Minaya in Santo Domingo on Thursday night, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The New York Daily News and Boston Herald reported that the Mets will make an offer and be aggressive.

The Red Sox reportedly have offered Martinez a two-year, $25.5 million contract with a vesting option for 2007 that would kick in if the righthander remains healthy.

Reached Saturday in the Dominican Republic, Minaya declined comment. Minaya, who like Martinez is Dominican, arrived on Wednesday with his wife to spend the holiday weekend with friends and family.

The meeting is the second time this offseason that the
free-agent pitcher has met with an official from a New York team.
Earlier this month, Martinez and his agents met with Yankees owner
George Steinbrenner and several other team officials at the club's
spring training complex in Tampa, Fla.

Martinez met with Red Sox officials the next day in Fort Myers, Fla.

Martinez has gone 117-37 for Boston from 1998-2004, winning the AL Cy Young Award in 1999 and 2000. After beating St. Louis in Game 3 of the World Series, he acknowledged it could have been his final appearance for Boston.

Martinez is 182-76 with a 2.76 ERA in 13 seasons with Los
Angeles, Montreal and Boston.

Last season, Boston general manager Theo Epstein had
Thanksgiving dinner at Curt Schilling's home outside Phoenix while
trying to persuade the pitcher to accept a trade to the Red Sox.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.