A year ago, in his first season working as a special assistant for the Red Sox, Pedro Martinez was content to dip his toe into the waters.

This year, he's eager to more fully immerse himself.

Initially, Martinez was unsure of how much time he wanted to devote to working with the organization's young pitchers, mindful of his responsibility to his family after his playing career was over.

But the experience was fruitful and rewarding enough that Martinez would now like more.

"Definitely, I want to be more involved with the players," said Martinez. "I would like to do a little bit less of the public appearances that they had me doing last year. Because when you get the results that I got from talking to (Drake) Britton, (Rubby) De La Rosa, (Brandon) Workman, (Allen Webster), you feel like a proud father and you want to be around your sons. That's what I want.

"I was just going blind, trying (to contribute). But now I know that my influence can help a lot of those kids and I would like to spend more time with them . . . It's just that I think I have so much to offer, stuff that I'm not going to have to put into use anymore, so I might as well pass it along. I'm trying to do that. I'm trying to get more involved in baseball, more with the young players, the veteran players -- whoever needs me."

One of Martinez's biggest projects from last year was lefty Drake Britton. Britton was arrested in spring training on a DUI charge and Martinez counseled him extensively on how to bounce back from his mistake.