BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox and All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia have finalized a $110 million, eight-year contract through the 2021 season.
I don’t know if I’ll be done by then, man. I feel good, dude, he said after signing the deal that will keep him in a Red Sox uniform until the age of 38. Maybe I haven’t had my growth spurt, and I’ll get taller.
Pedroia, AL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and AL MVP in 2008, had been signed for 2014 at $10 million under his old deal. He is batting .306 this season with 25 doubles, six home runs and 58 RBI. In his seven-year career – all with the Red Sox – he has a .303 batting average and an on-base percentage of .371.
Around the leagues
Alex Rodriguez reported back to the New York Yankees’ minor league complex Wednesday, three days after he was diagnosed with a strained left quadriceps on the final day of his injury rehabilitation assignment. Bishop Luers graduate Kevin Kiermair, an outfielder and Tampa Bay Rays prospect, was promoted to the Triple-A Durham Bulls.