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Even though he still has two more years left on his contract, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia could soon cash in on a very lucrative extension. Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Red Sox have offered Pedroia a contract extension that would pay the second baseman approximately $100 million over five or possibly six years.
ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes confirmed the offer in a July 19 evening tweet:
Major league source says Sox made offer of contract extension to Pedroia over break. "Ball is in their court.'' Yahoo says 100m plus
— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 20, 2013
Pedroia's current contract runs through 2014 and includes a team option for 2015. It also says that the option and $500,000 buyout are void if Pedroia wins the 2008 A.L. MVP and later gets traded. Pedroia did win the 2008 MVP, but a trade is out of the question. Passan says that the two sides will most likely complete a deal soon, but not all of the details are certain at this time. Said Passan,
"Pedroia, 29, has another year at $10 million remaining on his current deal, and the Red Sox own an $11 million option for 2015. Whether the new contract would replace the leftover years or add onto them remains another negotiating point."
Pedroia has spent his entire career in Boston. Since 2007, he has won the 2007 American League Rookie of the Year, the 2008 MVP, two Gold Gloves, and a Silver Slugger award. He has also made four All-Star teams. All of this has led him to an average WAR of 6.3 with a high of 7.9 in 2011. He has never hit below .288 from 2007 on, and only once (2010) has he not played the full season. He has become one of the first names fans think of when they hear "Boston Red Sox," and he has been instrumental in the team's rebound from a horrible 2012.
This deal would show the Red Sox's commitment to winning and Pedroia's commitment to his team. Red Sox fans should hope and insist that the two sides complete this deal as soon as possible.
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