Red Sox Report: Pedroia Signs 7 Year Extension, Takes Hometown Discount
Not wanting to see the market for second baseman skyrocket and try to battle for signing Dustin Pedroia two years from now, the Red Sox locked up the 2008 AL MVP through the 2021 season. Not only do the Red Sox now have the 4-time All-Star for 7 extra years, but they have him at a fairly discounted rate.
The 7 year deal is reportedly worth $100 million, and for the time being, makes Pedroia the highest paid second baseman of all time. Although he will be the highest paid second baseman, this deal is considered to be a great deal for the Red Sox, because it’s expected the price for high end second basemen will sky rocket this offseason when Yankees second baseman, Robinson Cano, hits the free agent market.
This isn’t the first time Pedroia has a taken a hometown discount with the Red Sox. After winning the 2008 AL MVP award, Pedroia inked a 6 year deal with Boston worth only $40 million, which included a buy-out option for the Red Sox which would have paid put Pedroia just $500,000 if he was released.
With the amount of money free agents are usually able to make when they hit the market, Pedroia has made it clear he enjoys playing for Boston, and wants to stay here for his entire career. The extension will come into effect at the end of next year, which was originally an option year that would have paid Pedroia $11 million.
In 6 and half seasons with the Red Sox, Pedroia has an average of .303, with 446 RBI’s. Pedey has only missed significant time once with an injury which was in 2010 when he played in just 75 games when he fractured his foot.
The thing fans remember most about that injury is that even while in a cast, he fielded balls on one knee during practice. That’s one of the reasons he is a fan favorite in Boston. He’s the definition of a dirtdog, and will play every game like its game 7 of the World Series.
Besides being a great player on the field, Pedroia seems to be a good clubhouse guy who can make the locker room a fun and relaxed place for other players. He was known for playing cribbage everyday with former manager Terry Francona, and it’s pretty clear he’s the unofficial captain of the ballclub.
If plays like he has played over the past 6+ years, by the time this deal is over 8 years from now, he should have 3,000 hits or be pretty close to that mark. And yes, we all know just because he is on pace for that doesn’t mean he’ll sustain what he’s been doing thus far.
At $100 Million dollars, the Red Sox infield should be fairly cheap for the Red Sox in the coming years. Iglesias looks like he’ll be the starting shortstop, and if not, Xander Boegarts will, and Will Middlebrooks should be back next year of he plays well in Triple-A Pawtucket. The young infielders mean they will be cheap, and that the Red Sox will have more money to play around with.
You can call him the Laser Show, or the Muddy Chicken, it doesn’t really matter. The only thing that does matter is for the next 8 years we will be calling him the Red Sox second baseman.