The Boston Red Sox have made Dustin Pedroia the first second baseman in Major League Baseball to cross the $100 million dollar mark, signing the former MVP to a contract extension through the 2021 season.
“It was no-brainer to me. This is the place where they gave me an opportunity to play professional baseball,” Pedroia said during an on-field press conference Wednesday afternoon. “I want to make sure I do all I can to prove those people who took a chance on me right. I’m not here to set markets or do anything like that. I want to make sure the team I’m on wins more games than the other teams’ second basemen. That’s the way I look at it. Our job is to win games and that’s what I play for.”
Pedroia will receive a signing bonus of $1 million, with yearly salaries of $12.5 million in 2014 and 2015, $13 million in 2016, $15 million in 2017, $16 million in 2018, $15 million in 2019, $13 million in 2020 and $12 million in 2021. Pedroia’s biggest payday will come in 2018 when he will get paid $16 million in straight salary, with the average annual value of his contract worth $13.75 million. That comes second to Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers, who signed a five-year, $75 million contract extension early in the 2012 season that pays him an average annual salary of $15 million, with $16 million his highest single-season salary.