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Boston close to signing Pedroia for rest of career

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BOSTON -- All-star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is close to a contract that could keep him with the Boston Red Sox for his entire big league career.

A person with knowledge of the talks said Tuesday that Pedroia is in the process of agreeing to a deal adding $100 million over seven seasons through 2021.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet complete. The new deal was first reported by WEEI.

Pedroia is making $10 million this year and is guaranteed the same amount in 2014 as part of a $40.5-million, six-year contract that started in 2009. That deal includes an $11-million club option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout.

The 5-8, 165-pound sparkplug was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and AL MVP in 2008.

It's important to Pedroia to finish his career in Boston. The deal would expire after he turns 38.

"It's not official or anything, but, yeah, this is my home," he said before Tuesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. "I love being here. I love my teammates. I love the city."

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 24, 2013 D2

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