According to Rob Bradford of WEEI (here), the Red Sox have agreed to, in principle, sign their All Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia to a 7 year contraxt extension worth approximately 100 million dollars.
Pedroia, 29, has been an elite contributor throughout his major league career. He has a career slashline of .303/.371/.457 with 96 career homers and 466 RBIs, all from the second base position. He’s also played great defense at second.
In 2013, after a bit of a down year in 2012, Pedroia has been raking. He’s on pace for one of the best seasons of his career, hitting .308/.385/.422 with 6 homers and 57 RBIs. He also is good at limiting his strikeouts, and is on pace to, yet again, walk more than he strikes out (51 vs 50.)
In terms of Wins Above Replacement, he has been worth 4.5 already this season, compared to 4.6 in all of last year. In terms of WAR, his best season was 2011, where he posted a 7.8 mark after hitting .307/.387/.474 with 21 homers and 91 RBIs. He isn’t on pace to quite match that level of production, especially in the power department, but he is still having a solid year. He won the AL MVP award in 2008.
Pedroia’s new deal, when official, will begin in 2014, after his current contract expires. He is set to make 10 million this season and next, so the AAV of his new deal (14.2 million) is a fairly high increase. The Red Sox have made sure that their 4 time all star, former MVP award winning second baseman will not be playing with anyone else until he is at least 38 years old.