Red Sox, Pedroia agree to contract extension

Red Sox sign Dustin Pedroia to $100 million extension

7/23/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Jul 20, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) bats during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY SportsAs of Monday, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was set to become a free agent after the 2014 season. The four-time All-Star and former MVP would have drawn a ton of interest and a lucrative contract on the open market as one of the league's premier second basemen. However, Pedroia's name has become synonymous with the baseball in Boston, and the Red Sox knew that they could not let one of their top players leave as a free agent.

The Red Sox made sure on Tuesday that if Pedroia ever does leave as a free agent, it won't be until his hair is gray (or completely gone). The Red Sox signed Pedroia to a seven-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through his age-37 season in 2021. The extension will pay Pedroia $100 million, making him the first second baseman to ever secure a contract worth nine figures.

These types of deals always carry some risk, as we have seen what has happened with Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Howard as of late, but this will likely end up being a good move by Boston. Pedroia is now 29 years old and has shown no signs of decline in his game. He is a big-time contributor from both the batter's box and the field. He is generally durable, having played 139+ games in five of the previous six seasons, and he currently leads the Majors with 100 games played in 2013.

Pedroia was granted a full no-trade clause, meaning he would have to approve any trade that sent him out of Boston, so chances are we see him play out his contract through the 2021 season with the Red Sox. Pedroia is happy, Red Sox fans are happy, and I'm sure the organization is happy as well.
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7/24/13   |   NittanyJon   |   247 respect

Knock on wood, Pedroia does not have serious injuries, i.e. Ryan Howard. A good dirt-dog.