Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed to MLB.com Saturday that the team has talked to Pedro Martinez about joining the organization in some capacity in the future.
"We've had discussions," Cherington told MLB.com. "He knows there is a role waiting for him when the time is right for him."
Martinez, who was in Boston attending the Greater Boston Sports Collectors Club convention, also discussed the recently agreed upon two-year, $26 million contract for designated hitter David Ortiz, whom the former Sox pitcher was planning to have dinner with Saturday night.
"I think Boston learned from their own experience what the fans and the players feel about Boston, and I think that they did a great job at signing David and bringing him back and probably have him finish his career here in Boston," Martinez said. "He earned it, and I think the Red Sox totally understand that David belongs here. ... David is a guy that's well-liked by everybody: young, old, veterans, everybody. Management, and also the fans. I think the fans are really behind David, and they shouldn't have one more sour grape to give to the fans at this point."
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