Red Sox and Pedroia talking long-term relationship

The Guru
Contributing Writer

The Boston Red Sox are currently talking with second baseman Dustin Pedroia about a long-term contract extension that would keep Pedroia in Boston through at least the 2020 season.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that both sides are working towards getting the deal done this season. Passan says the "general framework of the contract could call for an annual salary in the $20 million range for a contract lasting five or six years".

According to ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes, the Red Sox made Pedroia a formal offer during the All-Star break.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said, "Speaking generally about Dustin, he's certainly a guy we think very highly of, and he's a huge part of the organization, not just this team. He represents a lot of what we're all about. It's our sincere hope he's here for a long time; that's all I can say."

Pedroia, a four-time All-Star, the 2007 American League Rookie of the Year and the 2008 AL MVP, signed a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Sox before the 2009 season. The deal includes an $11 million club option for 2015.

Even with the 29-year old Pedroia under the team’s control for the next two and a half years, Boston may want to get a deal done before Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano sets the market this off-season. It’s expected Cano could sign for $200 million.

Pedroia is having another great season for the Sox. He’s hitting .316 with 6 home runs and 56 RBI. Asked about his contract status Pedrioa said, "This is all I know, these guys are my family. If it got to that point, it would be great."

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