All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is close to a contract extension that could keep him with the Boston Red Sox for his entire 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 on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not complete. The new deal was first reported by WEEI-AM in Boston.
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-foot-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 new 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. So if (the deal is finalized), I’ll be pretty excited.”
Pedroia is a big reason for Boston’s success. The Red Sox began play Tuesday with a half-game lead over the Rays in the AL East with a 60-41 record after winning 69 games last season.
In 100 games through Monday, Pedroia was hitting .308 with six homers and 57 RBI. He has only two errors and missed just one game.
In 956 career games through Monday, Pedroia had a .303 career batting average, 96 homers and 466 RBI.
“I love being here,” said Pedroia, a second-round pick of the Red Sox in the 2004 amateur draft. “… It’s important to me to be here my whole time.”
WRIGLEY FACE LIFT CLOSER
A key Chicago City Council committee has endorsed the $500 million renovation of Wrigley Field, clearing a path for final City Council approval.
Local Alderman Tom Tunney said he signed off on the plan after winning concessions from the Cubs. They included an agreement not to erect outfield signs in addition to a Jumbotron in left field and another sign in right. He said the Cubs also agreed to indefinitely postpone a planned bridge over Clark Street.
The council’s zoning committee approved the deal by voice vote shortly after, sending it to the full council for a final vote Wednesday.
MARQUIS FACES SURGERY
San Diego Padres pitcher Jason Marquis suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery as soon as next week, manager Bud Black said.
The 34-year-old Marquis (9-5, 4.05 ERA) had lost three consecutive decisions over six starts. He went on the disabled list Sunday.
American League MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera was unavailable for the Tigers against the White Sox on Tuesday night because of an injured left hip suffered Monday in a win over Chicago. … The Pirates put NL saves leader Jason Grilli (0-1, 2.34 ERA, 30 saves) on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. … The Brewers officially replaced Ryan Braun on their 25-man roster, recalling outfielder Khris Davis from Triple-A Nashville. … The Dodgers brought up former Cubs closer Carlos Marmol from Double-A Chattanooga.