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Dustin Pedroia and Red Sox reach deal, but can he play when he’s old?

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Dustin Pedroia is right — he’s always had to prove himself.

And that won’t stop now.

Whether it was as a kid, as a college player, or as a pro, he was always too this, or not enough that.

The only thing he never had to prove was the size of his heart — and now the size of his wallet. When Pedroia punches in those digits of his ATM card he’s going to be impressed with what the balance says. He will have the last laugh on everyone.

A senior Red Sox official Tuesday said that the second baseman is close to agreeing on a seven-year, $100 million contract extension through 2021.

Maybe that year he can tell us, “So you didn’t think I could play when I was 38, huh?”

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