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Monday, December 6, 2004
Updated: December 7, 8:45 PM ET
Execs head to Dominican to visit Martinez

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Red Sox owner John Henry and chief executive officer Larry Lucchino plan to meet with free-agent pitcher Pedro Martinez in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

Pedro Martinez
Starting Pitcher
Boston Red Sox
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Henry and Lucchino said they will visit with the right-hander during a trip to attend the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Red Sox baseball academy outside Santo Domingo.

"Certainly we hope to see and meet with Pedro," Henry wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Monday night.

Lucchino stressed in an e-mail that the meeting was intended to be social.

"During our visit, we will meet with both Pedro and David Ortiz. They are not intended to be business meetings," he said.

Martinez, who became a free agent after the season, met with New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner last month and has received offers from the World Series champion Red Sox and New York Mets.

Fernando Cuza, Martinez's agent, did not immediately return messages Monday.