Red Sox, Pedroia agree to seven-year extension

Red Sox, Pedroia agree to seven-year extension
July 23, 2013, 1:30 pm
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BOSTON – Although the deal is not official, Dustin Pedroia said he is happy the new seven-year, $100 million extension he has with the Red Sox will keep him in Boston for what will likely be the rest of his career.
 
Pedroia, who turns 30 on Aug. 17, will be 38 when the new contract expires after the 2021 season.
 
“It’s not official. The club will announce that,” Pedroia said. “But it’s not going to change who I am or my role with this team. My job is to go out there and try to help us win a game ever day and try to do all I can to make that happen.”
 
Pedroia is batting .308, .351 at Fenway, with six home runs and 57 RBI. He is among the league leaders in doubles with 25, walks (51), hits (121), and on-base percentage (.385). The Sox drafted him in the second round in 2004 out of Arizona State. He made his big league debut in 2006.
 
He was signed through 2014 with a team option for 2015. That option year will now be the first year of the extension.
 
“It’s not official but I love being here, I love my teammates,  love this city, so if it becomes that I’ll be pretty excited,” he said. “I wanted to make sure I’m playing my last game here. That’s important.
 
“[Playing in Boston is] the only thing I know. I love putting on the Red Sox uniform every single day. Every game is important to me and my teammates. It’s pretty special.”
 
Finishing his career in Boston was a priority, he said.
 
“That’s really important to me,” he said. “The Red Sox drafted me. A lot of teams passed on me because of my size and stuff like that. It’s pretty important, that‘s why I wanted to make sure that they made the right choice in drafting me and me being here my whole career.”