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Boston Red Sox Wise to Reward Dustin Pedoria With 7-Year, $100 Million Contract Extension

Jesse Johnson-USA Today Sports

If you are not aware by now, the new face of the Boston Red Sox franchise is Dustin Pedoria. On Tuesday afternoon, the organization announced a hefty contract extension for their star second baseman, a wise move that will keep their headline name in Beantown for the upcoming prime of his career.

Pedoria has been and has continued to be the catalyst for a Boston offense that has peaked and gone above and beyond expectations during the 2013 MLB season. Pedoria has become the heart and soul of this Boston squad, but that hasn’t been a trend that has only became apparent over the course of the past few months — he’s been the emotional leader for this team for a number of years now. The second baseman’s new contract will extend his current deal for another seven years, keeping him in town through the 2021 season. It is being reported that the deal is worth $100 million.

Pedoria, 29, was due for a big contract extension and Red Sox fans should be nothing but pleased with the organization’s decision to extend the deal in his direction. Pedoria will be 37 by the time the 2021 season is up, which virtually means he will be a Red Sox for a good chunk, if not all, of his remaining career.

The Red Sox have undeniably had a rebound season here in 2013 after a drama-filled year under Bobby Valentine in 2012. The team has responded under new manager John Farrell and Pedoria is helping to pace the way, hitting .308 with six home runs and 57 RBIs on the year.

 

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