Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/23/13
The Boston Red Sox and second baseman Dustin Pedroia are in agreement on a seven-year, $100 million deal, according to Red Sox beat writer Rob Bradford. The deal would commence with the 2015 season. Pedroia is signed for $10 million next season and the Red Sox hold an $11 million club option on him for '15. Yahoo! first reported that the two sides were discussing an extension, and it's easy to understand why the team would want to lock up Pedroia as quickly as possible. Why? Because Pedroia, who turns 30 next month, could have waited a few months for Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano to sign his new deal, maybe even wait to become a free agent himself after the 2015 season. Pedroia's price would have risen the minute Cano signed his deal, whether it's with the Yankees before he becomes a free agent or on the open market. If Cano gets $180 million to $200 million, then Pedroia could safely have argued that he should be close to that, at the very least. Since 2007, Pedroia has batted .303 with an .828 OPS, Cano .303 with an .910 OPS. Defensively, Pedroia currently rates the edge -- he leads all major-league second basemen in John Dewan's plus-minus ratings this season, with 15 plays above the number that an average fielder would make. Cano is at plus-five. What if Pedroia had held off even longer to sign his next deal, all the way until he becomes a free agent after '15? He obviously would have risked injury. He also would hit the market at 32, an age at which most players start to decline. On the other hand, salaries for star players historically increase sharply. Fewer and fewer such players are hitting the open market, adding to the demand. And industry revenues keep growing, and almost certainly will be greater in '15 than they are today. In other words, Pedroia could have hit the jackpot, a far bigger jackpot than he will receive with this extension. Of course, $100 million is not a bad little jackpot, either.
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