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Dustin Pedroia will become, at least temporarily, the highest paid second baseman in the game when his seven-year, $100 million extension with the Red Sox becomes official.
A senior team executive said that the agreement is close to being completed. The deal would take Pedroia through the end of the 2021 season, at which point he would be 38.
“It’s not official or anything,” Pedroia said on Tuesday. “The club will announce that. But it’s not going to change who I am or my role with this team. My job is to go out there and try to help us win a game every day and try to do all I can to make that happen.”
Pedroia is signed through the 2014 season with the Red Sox holding a team option worth $11 million for 2015. Under the terms of the new deal, the club would forfeit the option and Pedroia would receive an average of $14.28 million through the end of the contract.