Dustin Pedroia is likely to end his career as a member of the Red Sox.
The second baseman, a senior team official said, has agreed to terms on a 7-year, $100 million contract extension that would take him through the 2021 season, at which point he would be 38 years old.
Other than to say he was pleased with the developments, Pedroia preferred the team to make the announcement.
“It’s not official or anything,” Pedroia said. “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. The Red Sox held a team option worth $11 million for 2015 but will forfeit that under the terms of the new contract. Starting in 2015, Pedroia will receive an average of $14.28 million a season through the end of the deal.
Pedroia also has full no-trade protection. It is the first $100-million deal for a second baseman.
Since spring training, when the sides first began talking, Pedroia told agents Seth and Sam Levinson that his goal was to stay with the Red Sox for the remainder of his career.
“It’s really important,” he said. “The Red Sox drafted me and a lot of teams passed on me because of my size and stuff like that. It’s pretty important. That’s why I want to work as hard as I can to make sure that they made the right choice in drafting me and me being here my whole career.”
The Red Sox had dual motivations to sign Pedroia now rather than waiting for his current deal to expire. From owner John Henry down throughout the organization, Pedroia is regarded as a model player both for his performance and personality. He has become the de facto captain of the team and, along with designated hitter David Ortiz, the face of the franchise.
“He sets the tone for us. He embodies everything that we value as far as a player,” manager John Farrell said.
The Red Sox also should benefit financially by signing Pedroia before Robinson Cano of the Yankees becomes a free agent after the season and sets a new standard for second basemen.
Although Pedroia compares favorably to Cano statistically and is 10 months younger, Cano could realize an average annual value of close to $20 million. If Pedroia had waited for Cano to set the market, his extension could have been worth more.
“I don’t look at it like that,” he said. “I try and and look at I want to be in a place that’s special to me and this place has been that.”
A television reporter breathlessly asked Pedroia if his teammates would look differently at him.
“Not really,” he cracked. “They still have to look down at me.”
News of Pedroia’s extension first came from WEEI.com.