It's official. Dustin Pedroia has signed a seven-year contract extension.
Pedroia's $100 million deal is the richest in Major League Baseball history for a second baseman.
Pedroia, 29, is in the fourth year of a six-year deal that included
an $11 million team option for '15. Instead of an option year, that will
now mark the starting point of his new deal, which was first reported
by WEEI.com and subsequently confirmed by MLB.com.
"I just want to make sure I'm playing my last game here. That's
important," he said. "It's the only thing I know. I love putting on the
Red Sox uniform every day. Every game is important to me and my
teammates. It's pretty special."
In this day and age, it is rare for star players -- or any players
for that matter -- to spend an entire career with one team. But Pedroia
and the Red Sox have always had a unique relationship.
Pedroia loves all that playing baseball in Boston entails, and the
Red Sox fully appreciate a player who embodies everything they want
their franchise to represent.
RedSox.com: Pedroia agrees to seven-year extension