Now Is the Time to Lock Up Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia is a 29-year-old second basemen who is signed for the next two years and with a reasonable team option for 2015. Normally, I would be against inking such a player to an extension, but I think I would make an exception for Pedroia. Here’s why:
—First and foremost, Pedroia is the face of the team and a really excellent player. In his first 6 years as a full-time player he’s put up 31.1 fWAR. He’s beloved by the fans, well-liked by his peers, and seemingly has an exemplary work ethic.
—The Red Sox have more flexibility in their payroll right now than they likely will in a couple years. Inking Pedroia now will mean that his rather cheap 2013-2015 seasons will be averaged in to later years, where they may not have such flexibility.
—Robinson Cano. He’s going to get a monster deal this offseason and that is going to make it very hard to convince Pedroia that a smaller deal, even if it’s fair, is fair. Let’s guess Cano gets 7/$170M at age 31. What is Pedroia going to expect for age 32? 6/$140M?
—Signing Pedroia now allows the Sox to sign him through age 34-35 rather than 37-38.
An offer to lock in Pedroia’s 2015 option and extend him for 3-4 years at $20M per year would keep him in a Boston uniform through his most productive years. Getting a new “$100M deal” should enough to turn his head. And if you want him in Boston beyond 2015, now is the time to do it.
Posted: March 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM | 24 comment(s)
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