Pedroia’s extension sets a high bar for him to meet

Gino Vaginelli December 3, 2008 0

Earlier today the Red Sox locked up scrappy second baseman and 2008 AL MVP Dustin Pedroia to a six-year contract extension worth $40.5 million. With Pedroia coming off a stellar year that even Yankees fans can’t deny, it’s understandable that the Red Sox front office would want to lock him up for a while. But that said, Pedroia is already playing well above any scouting expectations. Will he and can he keep it up? The kid seems to have the height heart of a lion. At least he did when he was playing for the league minimum trying to claw his way up to the big bucks. Now that he’s got the long-term job security and a decent paycheck will he keep up this play? Or will he take a nose dive a la Robbie Cano? This deal can prove to be a steal for the Sox if Pedroia continues to build on the exceptional start to his Major League career…or it could be a real dud if he falls back into the role of a small middle infield role player like David Eckstein.  Only time will tell…

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