Pedey on his way to being a Red Sox lifer

by Bill Chuck on July 24, 2013

ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes reports that the Boston Red Sox and All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia have agreed to a seven-year contract worth around $100 million.

The contract, the source said, begins in 2015 and runs through 2021. It will pay Pedroia an average of around $14 million per season. Pedroia is currently playing on a six-year, $40.5 million contract that runs through 2014.

Pedey, who was the AL MVP in 2008 and may be again this season, will turn 30 on Aug. 17, and will be 38 years old in the final year of this contract.

There is no one in baseball who plays with more heart, day after day than Pedroia and as Nick Cafardo surmises in today’s Boston Globe, “Don’t be surprised that after David Ortiz retires Pedroia ends up wearing the captain’s “C” that Jason Varitek wore.”

But Nick also wonders what a 38-year old Pedroia will look like?

He points out that Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg played until he was 38. Hall of Famer Joe Morgan made it to 41.

Nine to Know

Best seasons for players 36+, playing at least 80% of a minimum of 130 games at second

Rk Player G Year Age Tm PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA ▾
1 Eddie Collins 145 1923 36 CHW 633 505 89 182 22 5 5 67 .360
2 Eddie Collins 151 1924 37 CHW 678 556 108 194 27 7 6 86 .349
3 Nap Lajoie 137 1913 38 CLE 525 465 66 156 25 2 1 68 .335
4 Randy Velarde 156 1999 36 TOT 711 631 105 200 25 7 16 76 .317
5 Charlie Gehringer 139 1940 37 DET 629 515 108 161 33 3 10 81 .313
6 Jeff Kent 136 2007 39 LAD 562 494 78 149 36 1 20 79 .302
7 Mark Grudzielanek 134 2006 36 KCR 586 548 85 163 32 4 7 52 .297
8 Jeff Kent 149 2005 37 LAD 637 553 100 160 36 0 29 105 .289
9 Jeff Kent 145 2004 36 HOU 606 540 96 156 34 8 27 107 .289
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Generated 7/24/2013.

Worst seasons for players 36+, playing at least 80% of a minimum of 130 games at second

Rk Player G Year Age Tm PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA ▴
1 Bobby Lowe 141 1904 38 TOT 541 507 47 105 14 6 0 40 .207
2 Rabbit Maranville 143 1933 41 BSN 533 478 46 104 15 4 0 38 .218
3 Tom Daly 137 1902 36 CHW 559 489 57 110 22 3 1 54 .225
4 Kid Gleason 135 1906 39 PHI 562 494 47 112 17 2 0 34 .227
5 Rabbit Maranville 149 1932 40 BSN 635 571 67 134 20 4 0 37 .235
6 Frank White 150 1988 37 KCR 575 537 48 126 25 1 8 58 .235
7 Bobby Grich 144 1985 36 CAL 571 479 74 116 17 3 13 53 .242
8 Joe Morgan 141 1980 36 HOU 562 461 66 112 17 5 11 49 .243
9 Ryne Sandberg 150 1996 36 CHC 621 554 85 135 28 4 25 92 .244
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Generated 7/24/2013.

But those are just numbers on the field

Scott Lauber in today’s Boston Herald recalls this discussion:

Seven months ago, Red Sox manager John Farrell and assistant GM Mike Hazen participated in a roundtable discussion about clubhouse culture.
It didn’t take long for the conversation to center around Dustin Pedroia.

“You can never underestimate his voice in the clubhouse and how loud it can be,” Farrell said, provoking laughter from the audience that hardly belied his seriousness. “We all know Dustin. He doesn’t give a damn about being that guy or how people might view him. He cares about the Red Sox and how we perform to our best. To have that established guy already in that role, he quickly becomes a go-to guy for our players.”

As for me, I take Pedroia at any age.

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