Pedro Martinez Returns to Red Sox

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    BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 26: Former Red Sox Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox share a moment during a ceremony honoring the All Fenway Park Team prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 26, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

    In December, former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez told WEEI radio that he was on his way back to the Red Sox organization.

    Ever since, there has been speculation over what his role will be. 

    On Thursday afternoon, the Red Sox organization Tweeted that an announcement will come today that the three-time Cy Young award winner is returning to the Sox as special assistant to general manager.

    “I am thrilled to be returning to this organization and to the city I love," Martinez said, according to the Sox Twitter account. "I am grateful to our leaders; I believe in them & I thank them for allowing me to return to the field & help us win again.”

    Martinez pitched for the Sox from 1998 to 2004, the year the "curse" was broken and the Red Sox won the World Series.

    "He was one of the game's most dominant pitchers and without a doubt a beloved figure in Red Sox history," Red Sox executive vice president and general manager Ben Cherington said. "Similar to former teammate Jason Varitek, who joined the baseball operations staff in September, Pedro will be involved in several areas, including the evaluation, mentorship, and instruction of young players in Spring Training and throughout the season."

    You can read the full news release here.

    He was the strikeout champion in 1999, 2000, 2002 and was the ERA champ in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003.

    Martinez went on to pitch for the Mets from 2005 to 2008.