And you know something? Pedroia doesn’t seem to have any regrets. He’s with the team he wants to be with, he has more money than he’ll ever need, and he’s happy. His reaction to the Cano signing was an indication of that.
“Couldn’t be happier for him and for us," Pedroia wrote in a text. "We don’t have to face him 19 times a year.“
And that seems like a genuine reaction.
When I spoke to Pedroia about Cano at times during the season after he’d signed the extension, he was nothing but complimentary to Cano and realized that Cano was going to get a deal far greater than his. But Pedroia was always happy with his deal and even agreed to front load the contract so that he earns $25 million total over the final two years of the deal.
There’s always going to be debate about which second baseman you’d rather have, but Pedroia’s heart usually outshines Cano’s pure ability. Pedroia loves baseball. Cano does too. But Pedroia’s all-out effort on every play endears himself with the rest of the baseball world.