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Wednesday, December 8, 2004
Henry, Lucchino meet with Pedro for 45 minutes

Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Pedro Martinez briefly met with Red Sox owner John Henry and president Larry Lucchino on Wednesday while passing through the international airport.

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The two executives talked with the free-agent pitcher for 45 minutes before attending the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Red Sox baseball academy on the island.

Martinez, who was with agent Fernando Cuza, was in the airport preparing to travel to Miami for his sister's wedding, Henry said.

"The meeting was very satisfactory," Henry said. "We are hoping to be able to retain Pedro and keep him in Boston for the rest of his career."

Henry and Lucchino declined further details on the meeting.

During the academy celebration, Red Sox officials symbolically presented the World Series trophy to vice president Rafael Alburquerque, thanking him for the effort of three Dominican players that helped the team win its first championship in 86 years.

Designated hitter David Ortiz, MVP of the American League championship series, was also in attendance. The third Dominican star on the team and MVP of the World Series, outfielder Manny Ramirez, did not attend.

Martinez, 33, met with New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner last month and has received offers from the Red Sox and New York Mets.