ESPN: Red Sox make Pedroia highest paid player


Well, not really, but someone forgot a period.

The reigning AL MVP has signed a six-year, $40.5 million contract extension. The Red Sox are buying out two years of Dustin Pedroia’s free agency at market rate. ESPN just wishes Boston were going a bit overboard. (Hat tip to long-time reader Patrick for mailing this one in.)

Categories : Whimsy


  1. No, that’s true. In addition to the six year, $40.5M contract extension, the Sox gave Pedroia a one-time gift of $405M in acknowledgement of his 2008 MVP season, easily the finest single season by a middle infielder in the history of baseball.

    Since Pedroia only cares about winning and not about individual achievements or monetary gain, he’s decided to donate that $405M, as well as all his future earnings to The National Institutes of Health, so that they can finally find a cure for the cancer that threatened to derail the career of Jon Lester and may ultimately make him merely a good pitcher, rather than the best pitcher ever. He’s also melted down the gold in his MVP trophy and is personally recasting the scrap into hypoallergenic needles to treat Sudanese Darfur refugee children stricken with malaria, polio, and AIDS.

    For Diamond Cutters, I’m Peter Gammons, RSPN.

  2. greg says:


    joe sheehan disagreed with the yanks’ arbitration decisions.

  3. Conan the Barack O'Brian says:

    Yeah, he gets more per inch than any player in the game.

    I think he will get more mileage per inch. He will play for forty years, so this is a fair deal. Sure, years 33-40 may not be a good return, but this guy’s a revolutionary hybrid electro-hydro-bio freak. He runs on water, people.

    They’re growing more in Japan. Cashman is not doing his job.

  4. godfather says:

    hope the mlbpa is ok with that pedroia gift…might seem small to the pigs

  5. christopher says:

    just out of curiosity – anyone have soriano’s stats his last year with the yanks – the “One pitch, one swing, one nothing”. He gets my vote for best player slogan/

    Where did he finish in the MVP voting. The yankees did make the playoffs, but the lack of facial hair obviously hurt Sori

  6. "We represent..." says:

    $40,500,000 will surely buy enough lollipops that Pedroia can make is way into the command post of the entire Lollipop Guild.

    Either that or finally afford some lifts.

  7. Cam says:

    Well, at least they won’t have to raise the ceiling in the clubhouse or the dugout for at least another 6 years.

  8. Marcus says:

    Isn’t Pedroia who will probably bat .315+ for quite a few years…worth more than $7 mill a season?

    • Ben K. says:

      Prior to free agency, no.

      • Marcus says:

        So, they are basically just giving him a raise until he reaches free agency?

        • pat says:

          They’re locking him into a contract during a time which they could progressively pay more and more in arbitration.

        • Conan the Barack O'Brian says:

          it’s guaranteed money for the player, less hassle all around, as long as the player has established that they are going to stick. winning the MVP may do that, but just being gritty is good enough.

          so for the player they may get less overall money, but it’s secured. which is how speculation started about cano not being prepared this year.

  9. pat says:

    Well now they’ll have him locked up until an age at which he’ll start to decline: 15

  10. mko says:

    Well if I was the god damned MVP I certainly wouldn’t have settled for that…

    • Conan the Barack O'Brian says:

      well, yeah. that’s a good point. ryan braun made more and he didn’t win. and then there’s cano…

  11. Chief says:

    I’m glad I was not the only person to see that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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