The Boston Red Sox have announced that former pitcher Pedro Martinez is returning to the club in a front office position.

Martinez will serve as a special assistant to General Manager Ben Cherington. His role will be to evaluate, mentor and instruct younger players during spring training and throughout the season.

In a release issued by the Sox, Cherington said, "We are very excited to have Pedro on board with us and back in the Red Sox organization." He was one of the game’s most dominant pitchers and without a doubt a beloved figure in Red Sox history."

As a player Martinez won three Cy Young awards and for the Sox posted a record of 117-32 and an ERA of 2.52. He was also a key member of the team's World Series win in 2004.

"I am thrilled to be returning to this organization and to the city I love," Martinez said. "Ben Cherington’s meetings this week have been outstanding. It is an honor to be back with the Red Sox and help in any way I can. I am grateful to our leaders; I believe in them, and I thank them for allowing me to return to the field and help us win again. My heart will always live in Boston."