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Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia agree to a contract extension

Jul 23, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

Rob Bradford of WEEI has the news:

And to clarify:

This seems pretty spiffy for all sides, yes? The Sox lock up the foundation of their offense, defense and clubhouse all at an annual rate that is better than a lot of teams’ top stars get. Yes, he may not look great at the end of that deal given his age now and the fact that he’s a second baseman, but (a) he’s been a bargain for his entire career before now; and (b) it’s not like there are freely-available Dustin Pedroia replacements out there on the market. The next one out there would’ve been, well, Dustin Pedroia, and by the time he’s a free agent his price will likely be way, way higher. I guess you could count Robinson Cano, but he’s gonna cost way more than $15 million a year.

The Sox did well here. Especially given that we live in a time when most elite players are getting locked up way before they hit the market.  You can’t just buy a team anymore. Ask the Yankees about that.

  1. louhudson23 - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    Pedroia is the one who has shown he understands how to deal with all this. He is playing for exactly who he wants,exactly where he wants. All he has to do is play ball for the next 6 years and collect over a hundred million for having done so……no lawyers,no agents,no worries.If financial independence doesn’t make you independent,what is the point?

  2. tominma - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    There is no other Red Sox player that deserves this kind of contract other than Pedey! He brings his lunch pail everyday and just does his job – better than almost every other 2nd baseman. Congrats and good luck!

  3. stlouis1baseball - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Big Pedroia fan! Glad to see him get it done.
    Dude has always been one of my favorite (non-Cardinals).
    If given the option of picking a 2nd Baseman…he would be pick #1, #2 and #3.

  4. sparky1002 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Nice contract for The Mighty Midget.

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