Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia discussing long-term extension

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According to a senior team official, the Red Sox are discussing a multiyear contract extension with Dustin Pedroia that would make him the highest-paid second baseman in the game.

Pedroia, who turns 30 next month, agreed to a six-year contract in 2008. He is under contract for $10 million in 2014 with the team holding an $11 million option for 2015.

The new deal is expected to be for five or six seasons with an average annual value of $20 million. The Red Sox would prefer the new deal start in 2015 or 2016. Pedroia’s agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, are negotiating for the extension to replace the remaining full seasons left on Pedroia’s current contract.

The negotiations were first reported by Yahoo Sports.

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