Over the last eight seasons, Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox has made a name for himself as one of the best players in baseball. Now, it appears the team is ready to pay their star second baseman like one with a hefty extension.
Pedroia and the Red Sox have reportedly agreed in principle on a seven-year extension worth around $100 million that will keep him in Boston through the 2021 season. Despite originally being under contract through the 2015 season, the two parties had been in talks for most of the regular season–which was a smart move on Boston’s end.
The last thing the Red Sox wanted to see was Pedroia become frustrated over his contract situation considering he’s proven to be one of the top second baseman in the game and certainly deserves an extension like the one he’s agreed on with the team. He may not post as big of numbers when it comes to home runs and RBIs compared to other players in the league, but Pedroia has proven to be one of the top overall players in baseball.
There was a reason why Pedroia took home MVP honors in 2008 and this was a great move on the end of the Red Sox to get this deal out of the way to avoid having to worry about it in the future. As long as Pedroia is around, Boston is always going to be contenders in the AL East and whether or not they clinch the division title this season could fall on the shoulders of how well their star second baseman plays during the second half of the season.