Re: Red Sox and Pedroia agree to an extension
posted at 7/23/2013 3:50 PM EDT
In response to xXR3S1NXx's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
Including his final year of his old deal its basically 8/110 which is about 13.75AAV. Very friendly deal. Now, if the Sox decided to front load it a bit it would ease things a bit in the final 2-3 years. Something like...
2014 10M (last year of old deal)
2015 21.25M 2016 21.25M 2017 21.25M 2018 21.25M 2019 12.5M 2020 7.5M 2021 5M
My guess is that although Pedey wont be worth 21.5 the 1st 4 years, his production should still be that of a .300BA 380OBP 440SLG provided hes healthy. The final 3 year will se a dropoff in production and salary. Although it still counts as about 13.75 toward the luxury tax threshold over the next 8 years. The Sox payroll drops off the map starting in 2016 with just less than 1M committed, minus arb cases. In 2015 they have just under 30M committed, minus arb cases.
Either way, This is a great deal for the Sox as they have the 1st long term homegrown player signed for basically, his career. Now they need to add the 2nd core player that will lead this team over the next decade. With a group of new, young, and promising talent that will be on this team over the next 4-6 years, signing Pedey was a top priority.
I would think the sox would wanna backload the deal a bit, Maybe to the second or third year of this new deal so the sox can get under the luxury tax threshhold even more before the bigger 20+ mil a year kicks in.
I think its counts as 13.75M a year against the Luxury Tax.
But whatever on that...It was a great deal IMO. Even if a couple extra years. I think the production will justify the deal in the first 5 yrs anyway.