Red Sox and Pedroia discussing contract extension
The Boston Red Sox and second baseman Dustin Pedroia are discussing a contract extension.
According to Yahoo Sports, the deal could exceed $100 million, which would make him the highest paid second baseman in Major League Baseball. The contract could call for an annual salary in the $20 million range for a contract lasting five or six years,which would be comparable to the extension Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria signed last offseason.
Pedroia,29, has one more year on his contract worth $10 million, and the Red Sox have a team option of $11 million for 2015.
Pedroia won the American League Rookie of the Year award and the World Series in his rookie season in 2007. Pedroia is also a four time All Star and won the 2008 American League MVP award.
According to CBS Sports, The Red Sox could be taking a risk signing Pedroia, who will turn 30 next year, because second baseman tend to decline very quickly, and signing him to a big extension could be costly.
This season, however, Pedroia is hitting .316 and has a career best .396 on base percentage for the first place Red Sox.