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Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox are discussing a contract extension

Jul 19, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that second baseman Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox are discussing a contract extension “somewhere in the vicinity of” six years and $100 million. Pedroia, who turns 30 on August 17, has been one of the best second basemen in baseball this season and the Red Sox want to make sure they retain his services beyond 2015. His current contract includes a $10 million salary for 2014 and an $11 million club option with a $500,000 buyout for 2015. Passan writes that whether the extension would usurp those two years of his current contract remains a point of negotiation.

More from Passan:

After tabling discussions on an extension during spring training, the Red Sox and Pedroia’s representatives picked up talks during the All-Star break, sources said. They’re expected to continue discussions as the Red Sox look to bolster their pitching staff via trades for a run at winning the American League East, which they lead over the Rays by 2½ games.

Pedroia has been worth 4.7 wins above a replacement-level player according to Baseball Reference, nearly matching his output for all of 2012 (4.9). Over 162 games, he is on pace for 7.8, which would nearly match his 2011 output when he finished in the top-ten in AL MVP voting. There is some concern, however, about Pedroia’s lack of power — he has hit only six home runs and his current .436 slugging percentage would be a career low.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Given his age and playing style, there is a strong possibility that he will break down well before the proposed contract expires.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      Probably. But he’s earned it, and it will allow him to finish his career with the Sox.

      • downhillrider - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:35 PM

        His salary is where it should be at, $10M. So he’s earned that. $20M a year for a 30 yr old second basemen who’s MVP days are over?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:29 AM

        It’s been said ad nauseam when guys like Pujols got paid: no star gets paid the money they deserve when they deserve it, but afterwards. Pedroia has given everything he possibly could to this team…now he gets rewarded, dollars-wise, for it.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:34 AM

        I guess with the exception of a few guys like Kershaw and Felix, but you get the point.

    • bigharold - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      True, .. he’s lets it all hang out whenever he’s in a game. But, it’s not exactly something you hold against him.

      Pedroia is the only 2B I’d rather have on my team other than the one the Yankees already have.

      • pisano - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        He’s too God damn ugly to wear pinstripes.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    They don’t pay him to hit for power. He’s all about getting on base, driving in runs, and playing Gold Glove defense as well as (depending on how much stick you put in this) his intangibles. He’s been doing that just fine. Give him his money.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      Should be “how much stock.”

    • ptfu - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      If the Red Sox are paying Laser Show to drive in runs, then by definition they are paying him to hit for some power. There simply aren’t enough opportunities for bases-loaded walks, sac flies, and RBI groundouts.

      If the RS really want Pedroia to drive in runs, they should examine the players hitting in front of him. Ellsbury’s been fine, but Nava and Victorino have not been great. Pay those guys to be on base so Pedroia has an opportunity to drive them in.

      • Glenn - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        Victorino has been more than adequate and Nava has a .374 OBP and an OPS+ of 117, so I am not sure what you are talking about.

      • xavier46 - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        Base hits don’t drive in runs anymore? Interesting…

      • ptfu - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Victorino’s generally hit 2nd when he plays, and he’s got a .332 OBP from that spot and a .335 overall. So that’s not fantastic from a “give-Pedroia-RBI-opportunities” point of view. I’m ignoring for the moment his other contributions.

        And Nava does have an excellent OBP–except from the two hole, in front of Pedroia. Then his OBP is .333. He has done well with his handful of lead-off at bats. I’m sure it’s just one of those things, but still, on balance so far it’s fewer RBI chances for Pedroia.

        Singles do drive in plenty of runs, which is why I did not mention them. It takes a lot of singles to maintain a high slugging percentage, and lots of baserunners will not score on a single (because they’re on first, they’re slow, because it was a shallow hit, etc). Which doesn’t make singles bad–far from it–but again, from that Pedroia-RBI point of view, less efficient than extra-base hits.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        He’s third among AL second basemen in extra-base hits and first in doubles. I still don’t get what you’re talking about when you bring up bases-loaded walks and “less efficient” singles.

  3. csmountaineer - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    surprised there is no comparison to kindler or phillips deals……..

  4. pastabelly - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Closest thing the Red Sox have ever had to Pete Rose from a compete level.

    • Caught Looking - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Pedroia bet on baseball?!?!?!

  5. pisano - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I hope the Sox give him a long term contract, so they can see what the Yankees have gone through throwing money away.

  6. Navy Teacher - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Tough call, if they add six years to his current contract that would keep him in Boston until he is 38 years old. Is that good or bad? Based upon his build and style of play, I can’t see him maintaining his current level of play that long but I could be wrong. I love Pedey and would love to see him retire with a ‘B’ on his hat. He is a tremendous teammate and role model for Little Leaguers everywhere. I suppose that is the price that the Red Sox will have to pay to ensure that it happens.

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