Dustin Pedroia may have two more years on his current deal, but the Boston Red Sox aren't waiting around to begin talking about an extension.
According to Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston, general manager Ben Cherington and the Red Sox are prepared to start a conversation with Pedroia about a long-term extension as early as this offseason.
This comes after re-signing free agent David Ortiz to a two-year, $29 million deal earlier this month.
Apparently, the Red Sox still see Pedroia and Ortiz as cornerstones of the franchise moving forward.
Pedroia, who won the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2007 en route to helping the team win a championship, is a three-time All-Star and a two-time Gold Glove winner at second base, in addition to the 2008 AL MVP.
His name has become synonymous with the Red Sox organization through the years (well, the good parts, at least) and he's become a fan favorite in Boston due to his hard work and little-engine-that-could story.
Drafted No. 65 overall in the 2004 MLB draft out of Arizona State, the California native has settled in quite nicely on the East Coast. In a miserable campaign for the Red Sox last season, the 5'8", 165-pound spark plug still hit .290 with 15 home runs, 81 runs, 65 RBI and 20 stolen bases while hitting .342 in August and .307 in September.
As one of the veterans who had issues with former manager Bobby Valentine, Pedroia probably feels a bit better about staying in Boston after the ousting of the 62-year-old, so that could help in negotiations.
The 29-year-old is due $10 million in both 2013 and 2014, with a club option of $11 million for 2015.