WEEI.com reported today that the Red Sox and Dustin Pedroia have finalized a deal that will keep the second baseman in Boston until 2021, when he turns 38. The new contract, equaling about $100 million, turned out to be a pretty sweet deal for both sides.
Pedey will be making around $14 million a year, which in this day and age, isn’t breaking the bank – proving to be a serious advantage for Boston, locking up the 2 time Gold Glove winner and 2007 AL Rookie of the Year through the prime of his career.
The “low” figure doesn’t seem to be a problem for the franchise player, since he worked a no trade clause into the contract. It’s clear to anyone who watches the nearly 30 year old play, that he loves playing for Boston. And the fans love him in kind.
According to Tim Britton from the Providence Journal, Dustin was quoted saying, “These guys are my family,” when asked, last week, about the possible extension.
The Red Sox are in fine form this season, proving their worth with a continuous best record in the American League. And their all-star second baseman has contributed quite a bit to that.
Pedroia is batting with a solid .308 average, 6 home runs, 57 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. On top of that, his veteran experience and jovial attitude help the team with its success and will possibly help lead the Sox to another World Series appearance.
The deal will be finalized once Pedroia has a physical.
SGN Senior Correspondent Liam Bancroft