Dave Cameron of FanGraphs.com just made an excellent point on Twitter.
Dustin Pedroia was four years away from free agency when he signed a new six-year, $40.5 million deal with the Red Sox in Dec. 2008. He was coming off a season that saw him hit .326/.376/.493 with a 6.6 WAR. He was 25 at the time. The Red Sox also hold an $11 million option for 2015.
Troy Tulowitzki, 26, is coming off a season that saw him hit .315/.381/.568 with a 6.4 WAR and was four years away from free agency. He signed a contract extension today that will guarantee him $157.75 million over the next 10 years.
So the Sox can keep Pedroia through 2015 for an average of $7.35 million a year while the Rockies will have Tulowitzki through 2020 for $15.78 million.
Tulowitzki is a shortstop and has more power. But that Pedroia contract looks pretty good today. Pretty, pretty good.