When John Harrington became the CEO of the Red Sox in the wake of Haywood Sullivan's departure in late 1993, the franchise's new chief executive turned to a fresh face, Dan Duquette, to construct the team's roster. Duquette had become the youngest general manager in baseball history when he'd taken the helm of the Montreal Expos in September 1991 and, like his predecessor Lou Gorman, Duquette was a New England native. In January 1994, Duquette took over for Gorman and brought a more statistically-based approach to player acquisitions. In addition, the club built up a stronger foreign scouting system but the GM struggled at times with the media.
In Duquette's eight years with the Red Sox, the team qualified for postseason play three times, winning the AL East in 1995 and the Wild Card in 1998 and 1999. Duquette oversaw two of the biggest deals in Red Sox history: the 1997 trade for Pedro Martinez and the signing of free agent Manny Ramirez in 2000. When the Red Sox finally won the World Series in 2004, several players acquired during Duquette's tenure contributed to the victory, including Martinez, Ramirez, Johnny Damon, Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield and Kevin Youkilis.