Dan Duquette

Pedro Martinez tweets his thanks for the trade that brought him to the Red Sox - 22 years ago today

Pedro Martinez tweets his thanks for the trade that brought him to the Red Sox - 22 years ago today

Twenty-two years ago, the Red Sox were coming off a disappointing season where they were an AL East also-ran and big offseason moves were being contemplated for the franchise.

Sound familiar?

Only general manager Dan Duquette, whose team had finished 78-84 and in fourth place in the division, wasn't looking to shed payroll, but add to either the bullpen or starting rotation.

They chose to target the rotation and specifically, to go after the Montreal Expos' Cy Young Award-winning, 26-year-old ace in a trade - rather than deal for Marlins closer Robb Nen, who had just helped that franchise win its first World Series. 

The result was a franchise-altering trade for Pedro Martinez, who tweeted his thanks for the move Monday, the 22nd anniversary of the deal - some would say "steal" - that brought him to Boston.

The Sox traded pitching prospect Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. to the Expos for Martinez, then signed him to a six-year, $75 million contract. Duquette had traded for Martinez once before, four years earlier, when, as GM of the Expos, he acquired Martinez from the Dodgers.

Martinez, of course, would go on to go 117-37 with a 2.52 ERA in seven seasons in Boston, some of which were the most dominant ever for a pitcher. His final season culminated with the first Red Sox World Series title since 1918.

So, all new Red Sox baseball boss Chaim Bloom has to do is pull off a deal like that. Simple, right?

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Dan Duquette: "So impressed with young talent of the Red Sox"

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Dan Duquette: "So impressed with young talent of the Red Sox"

In this week's episode of "The Baseball Show" podcast, CSNNE.com Insider Sean McAdam sat down with former Red Sox GM and current Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles Dan Duquette to discuss an array of topics, including the highly comptetive American League East. Duquette also reflects back on how he feels about the 2004 World Series Championship for the Red Sox, a team he had a large part in building during his tenure as General Manager. Duquette was replaced by Theo Epstein following the 2003 season, but many of the players remained to serve giant roles on the 2004 team. The Western Mass. native also talks about being one of the early adopters of the analytics movement that is so prevalent in today's game.

Also during this podcast, CSN reporter Trenni Kusnierek joins McAdam to talk about the upcoming MLB Draft, and whether Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox should look long and hard at drafting a college pitcher with the minor league system lacking in arms that are ready to contribute in the rotation or bullpen.

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