ESPN’s Steve Phillips is reporting that Pedro Martinez is refusing to take an MRI as part of the physical exam requirement by the Mets. Phillips, a former Mets GM, claims that Martinez and his agent, Fern Cuza, have suggested that the pitcher submit to a general strength test of his right arm and shoulder.

Given the salary demands and the length of the deal, the Mets are well within their rights to insist on the MRI, and perhaps would have difficult obtaining insurance on Martinez’ pact without it.