Saturday, July 20, 2013
Red Sox locking up Pedroia?
By Jason Catania
The Boston Red Sox seem to be on the verge of keeping their longtime second baseman around for an even longer period of time.
The Sox are in talks with Dustin Pedroia over the terms of a potential $100 million dollar extension, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
The 29-year-old's current contract calls for $10 million in 2014 with an $11 million club option in 2015, but whether those terms would be renegotiated into a larger extension remains to be see, writes Passan, who cites a source's speculation that the overall deal could be something along the lines of $100 million over five or six years.
Such a deal would make Pedroia the game's highest-paid second-sacker, although that might not last for long, as New York Yankees star Robinson Cano is a free agent at season's end and is expected to approach a $200 million deal.
If Pedroia, who's in the same class as Cano as far as production, consistency and importance to his team, winds up signing soon, the Red Sox would save tens of millions by not letting him reach free agency. A Pedroia deal would not impact Cano's, though, since free agency is basically a free-for-all that isn't based as much on precedence as extensions are.