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The Boston Red Sox and 2B Dustin Pedroia are currently working out a deal that could pay the slugger in excess of $100 million. Yahoo! Sports first reported that the deal is between 5-6 years and worth $100 million.
Currently Yankees SS Derek Jeter is the highest paid infielder in baseball, earning $17.9 million per season. If Pedroia is able to ink the deal, it would make him the highest paid infielder in baseball history. His highest paid infielder label may be short lived as New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano is set to become an unrestricted free agent this winter and is expected to make a big splash on the market now that he is a part of Jay-Z’s new agency.
Since joining the majors in 2007, Pedroia has proven to be one of the best all around players in baseball. Pedroia can hit for average and power, drive in runs, score runs, steal bases and brings a great glove and arm to 2B. “Petey,” as his teammates like to call him, has hit .300 in multiple seasons, has stolen 20+ bases in 4 straight seasons and has even been on the cover of popular baseball games such as MLB The Show. During his MVP year in 2008, Pedroia led the majors in doubles (54) and hits (213) and finished with a .326 average.
Dustin Pedroia is also well distinguished in awards. Although early in his career Pedroia has quite the trophy room. Petey has won AL Rookie of Year, AL MVP and the Silver Slugger Award. In addition to his awards, Pedroia has also been selected to 4 All Star games, won 2 gold gloves and, most importantly, won a world championship in 2007.
The Red Sox need to pay Pedroia now and before Cano inks his a deal this offseason because if Cano gets a monster deal then the Red Sox might need to overpay to keep Pedroia. Either way it is essential the Sox bring back the heart and soul of their team and make sure that he is playing for the Red Sox for many more years to comes.