It would be pretty tough to make the case that any Red Sox player over the past eight years has meant as much to the Red Sox as Dustin Pedroia. His bulldog tenacity, lunch pail work ethic, talent and will to win are the ingredients that have allowed him get the most out of his abilities and what continues to set him up as the centerpiece of the club. Rest easy Nation. It looks like a long-term deal is in the works.
Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan recently reported that, while the deal isn’t imminent and is as much speculation as fact, the Sox and Pedroia’s agents are in negotiations that could keep Pedey in a Boston uniform until he’s at least 35-years old while pushing his salary to over $100 million.
The Bleacher Report’s Tyler Conway reported that sources close to the negotiations told Passan that the two sides are working on a tentative framework of $20 million annually over five or six seasons. Yeah, dems a lot of beans. The intangibles mentioned above aside, when you examine Pedroia’s stats provided by Baseball Reference.com, he defines franchise player.