Pedro Martinez

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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Pedro Martinez's advice for Chaim Bloom in Red Sox front office

Pedro Martinez's advice for Chaim Bloom in Red Sox front office

New Boston Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom has some pretty difficult decisions to make in the coming weeks. So, Pedro Martinez decided to give the newbie a bit of advice. 

While Bloom has no pre-existing relationships with any members of the Red Sox organization, Martinez notes he'll need to make strong ones if he wants to succeed in Boston.

"A good GM, the first thing I’m going to tell you is being able to connect with the players in a good way," Martinez told WEEI's Rob Bradford on the Bradfo Sho podcast. "Being able to be approachable by the entire staff. Not just the players. Not just the baseball operations system. But management. Good relationship with management. A good connection to the players and the managers and the coaches. I think a good GM will be someone who treats everybody equal and respects everybody from the clubbies to the president of the team or the top owner of the team. Someone who is respectful to everybody and treats everybody equal and has a good connection with the entire organization would be a good GM."

Bloom will be learning on the fly, and Martinez already has a great relationship with the Boston clubhouse -- he could play a major role in negotiating contracts with players in the future.

"That’s why you have people like me between me and the players so we can actually pinpoint those moments it’s a good moment for a GM to approach the players or discuss contracts or talk business or whatever because most of the players want to look good," Martinez said. "Nobody wants to go in front of 60,000 people and look bad. They are really picky with the way they prepare and all that. You have to understand when they’re mentally preparing for the work or whatever it’s not a good time to approach them with the other stuff and take time away from preparing."

While he'll most likely be the middle man for the Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez situations, it'll be up to Bloom to focus and either strike a deal or trade away players for assets. 

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Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez apparently wanted to play for Yankees

Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez apparently wanted to play for Yankees

Though he became a Boston Red Sox legend, Pedro Martinez didn't badly desire to become a member of the Sox before he was traded from the Montreal Expos. He actually wanted to join their biggest rival.

Martinez was eager to become join the New York Yankees. Things would've been quite different had he become a member of Boston's sworn enemy in 1998.

“Yes, all the time,” Martinez wrote on a Bleacher Report live chat Tuesday, according to the New York Post. “I asked to be traded to the Yankees 3 times before I got to Boston…I was the last one left on [Montreal’s] rotation and when I was asked where I wanted to be, at that exact moment [the] yankees were taking off, I wanted to be somewhere that I could win.”

The Red Sox traded Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. to the Montreal Expos for Martinez, and the rest is history. The three-time Cy Young Award-winning right-hander would go on to win two of those awards, as well as the 2004 World Series championship, with Boston. Martinez is one of the best to ever put on a Red Sox uniform, racking up a 117-37 record with a 2.52 ERA, 1,683 strikeouts and a 0.978 WHIP in seven seasons with Boston.

The Red Sox weren't even on Martinez's radar, as he also asked to be traded to the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles or San Francisco Giants, according to the Post.

Clearly, Boston was fortunate they were able to land the Hall of Famer. The Yankees, who won three consecutive titles from 1998-2000, didn't fare too badly in the immediate aftermath of not landing Martinez, either. 

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