Pedro Martinez Returns to Boston Red Sox as Special Assistant

Pedro Martinez, a three-time Cy Young Award winner who helped the Boston Red Sox end an 86-year World Series drought, rejoined the organization as a special assistant to General Manager Ben Cherington.

Martinez spent seven Major League Baseball seasons with the Red Sox, from 1998 through 2004, compiling a 117-37 record with a 2.52 earned run average while winning two Cy Young Awards as the best pitcher in the American League. The Red Sox won the World Series in his final year, their first title since 1918.

In his new role, Martinez will be involved in player evaluation, mentorship and instruction at spring training and through the season, the Red Sox said in a statement. Former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek took a similar post with the team’s baseball operations staff in September.

“I am thrilled to be returning to this organization and to the city I love,” Martinez, who retired in 2009 after 18 major-league seasons, said in a statement. “It is an honor to be back with the Red Sox and help in any way I can.”

The Red Sox went 69-93 in 2012, their worst record since 1965.

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