Chris Gasper joins Felger and Mazz to discuss the reports that the Red Sox could extend Dustin Pedroia, who still has two years left on his contract, plus a team option for a third year at 11 million.
"Doesn't make any sense to me," said Gasper. "Is Pedroia asking for it? Are they trying to clearly establish him as a franchise cornerstone type of guy, which I think everyone feels like they've already put him in that role, put him on that pedestal. It seems like they're just giving away money. If they're giving away free money over on Yawkey Way, sign me up, I'd like to get some of that. It doesn't make a lot of sense. You could just do something at the end of this season if you want to."
"It's scary that they're even considering it," said Felger. "What are your motives down there among Red Sox ownership?"
For Mazz, it doesn't make a lot of sense to extend someone who has Pedroia's size and plays as rough as the second baseman does, noting that it's only a matter of time before he breaks down. But it's not just about the size. Mazz wouldn't extend any player who is already under control for three years.
There's a possibility that the Red Sox would like to extend Pedroia before Robinson Cano becomes a free agent next winter and sets the market for All-Star second baseman, but as Felger notes, there's still two years after that point for the market to settle.
What's the real motivation? Will the Sox use some of their excess money to extend their scrappy second baseman?