The little second baseman out of Arizona State signed a big contract today—a six-year contract with a club option for a seventh year, valued at $40.5 million. This ended his stint as a free agent, and secured another young talent for the Red Sox.
After an MVP year, re-signing the scrappy second baseman was an important job for the Red Sox, and they can now head into the winter meetings with their own goals in mind, not having to worry about the best second baseman in the league's status.
"It's something we're thrilled about," said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. "It's definitely something we wanted as a club and something I think Dustin was looking to do as well. It came together as a product of a lot of hard work. He really embodies just about everything we look for in a Red Sox player. That makes this a great day for the organization."
Red Sox fans, not me, by the way, can now take heart in the fact that Pedroia will continue to be a spark plug through at least 2014.