By: Mike Grinnell
Dustin Pedroia and The Boston Red Sox have announced Wednesday that they have agreed on a contract extension lastings through 2021. The deal is reported to be worth $110 million over an 8 year span, with petey making an average of $14 million per year, with a 1 million dollar signing bonus. Pedroia, who is currently playing out the final years of his $40.5 million contract that he signed in december of 2008 lasting through 2014 commented on the new contract by saying “This is my home”.
Who would have ever thought that 5’7’’ kid we drafted out of Arizona State in the second round in 2004 would become a 100 million dollar man? But the real question here is,
how could you not see it? Pedroia, who beat out Rangers second baseman, Ian Kinsler for the starting job at Arizona State University was a 3 year starter, who never once hit below .347, and had a career collegiate batting average of .384.
Pedroia got his opportunity to show the big club what he could do in 2007 replacing former Red Sox second baseman, Mark Loretta. Pedroia started his rookie season off slow, hitting .172, but that all changed once June rolled around. Come June 18th, Pedroia was amidst a 13 game hitting streak and a .322 average. Adding to his hot bat, Pedroia had a solid season in the field with only six errors and a fielding percentage of .990. His hot bad, and reliable fielding led Pedroia to win the AL Rookie of the Year award, and went on to help contribute and win the 2007 World Series.
So as it may seem, from the start of his career to the end, he will be a Boston Red Sox. Some may even go to say he’s “Boston’s Derek Jeter”. Boston is home to Pedroia and his family when he isn’t living in Arizona in the offseason. Dustin’s Kids, both born in Boston, also refer to Boston as home.
Locking up Pedroia long term is in very good standing for the Red Sox, especially at the price they are getting him at. This winter, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano hits free agency. Cano is reported to be looking to get something in the 8-year, $200 million dollar range. With his consistency, leadership on the field, and his lockeroom presence I’ll take Pedroia over Cano everyday, especially at 100 million less.
It will be an honor and a pleasure to see Dustin finish his career in Boston, just as its been to see him start it here.