ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes reports that the Boston Red Sox and All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia have agreed to a seven-year contract worth around $100 million.
The contract, the source said, begins in 2015 and runs through 2021. It will pay Pedroia an average of around $14 million per season. Pedroia is currently playing on a six-year, $40.5 million contract that runs through 2014.
Pedey, who was the AL MVP in 2008 and may be again this season, will turn 30 on Aug. 17, and will be 38 years old in the final year of this contract.
There is no one in baseball who plays with more heart, day after day than Pedroia and as Nick Cafardo surmises in today’s Boston Globe, “Don’t be surprised that after David Ortiz retires Pedroia ends up wearing the captain’s “C” that Jason Varitek wore.”
But Nick also wonders what a 38-year old Pedroia will look like?
Nine to Know
Best seasons for players 36+, playing at least 80% of a minimum of 130 games at second
Worst seasons for players 36+, playing at least 80% of a minimum of 130 games at second
But those are just numbers on the field
Scott Lauber in today’s Boston Herald recalls this discussion:
Seven months ago, Red Sox manager John Farrell and assistant GM Mike Hazen participated in a roundtable discussion about clubhouse culture.
It didn’t take long for the conversation to center around Dustin Pedroia.
“You can never underestimate his voice in the clubhouse and how loud it can be,” Farrell said, provoking laughter from the audience that hardly belied his seriousness. “We all know Dustin. He doesn’t give a damn about being that guy or how people might view him. He cares about the Red Sox and how we perform to our best. To have that established guy already in that role, he quickly becomes a go-to guy for our players.”
As for me, I take Pedroia at any age.