Robinson Cano has left the New York Yankees and signed a 10-year deal with the Seattle Mariners worth $240 million. After seeing a star second baseman get a near record contract, a Boston Red Sox fan can’t help but look at their own star second baseman and feel incredibly lucky to have him.
Dustin Pedroia signed an eight-year contract extension during the 2013 season despite knowing Cano was going to set the bar in the offseason with Pedroia facing the possibility of free agency after the 2014 season. Pedroia did not care; he admittedly took a hometown discount with the eight-year deal worth $110 million, but he wanted to be a member of the Red Sox for life. He clearly focused on rings rather than contract records.
Pedroia does not have the power numbers that Cano has but compares favorably in every other offensive statistic and has clearly evolved into a true leader in the clubhouse. The lesser contract of Pedroia also allows the Red Sox to go out and secure the other pieces needed for championship runs for the better part of the next decade. They have a loaded farm system, much of which is still about a year away, which explains the reluctance to sign long-term deals this offseason. But look for them to sign a power hitting first baseman, either Jonny Gomes or Corey Hart, and then spend big in free agency after the 2014 season.
After seeing the Yankees yet again sign a bearded center fielder from a World Series champion Red Sox team, Jacoby Ellsbury after Johnny Damon in 2004, it is great to know the Red Sox have a hometown guy they can root for his entire career focused on bringing more banners to Fenway Park.