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Red Sox great Dustin Pedroia is ready to call it quits, four years after a vicious slide left the former American League MVP with knee issues and ended any chance he may have had of making the Hall of Fame.
But the second baseman is unlikely to officially retire, because that would mean forfeiting the $12 million he is owed this coming season.
The two sides are working toward a “resolution,” according to the Boston Globe.
Pedroia, 36, has one more season left on an eight-year contract worth $110 million that was considered a bargain at the time it was signed but has turned into an albatross for a Red Sox team that is rebuilding and looking to cut costs.
Rather than Pedroia retiring, the Red Sox could release their former franchise cornerstone and reach an insurance-based settlement that would allow Pedroia to receive close to $12 million over time — similar to what the Mets did in 2018 with David Wright, who had been suffering from neck, shoulder and back injuries for years.
After his playing career ended, Wright joined the Mets’ front-office as a special advisor.
Pedroia attempted one last comeback before last season to no avail, and has played just nine games since 2018 because of substantial left knee issues that originated from Manny Machado sliding into him with his spikes in an April 2017 game between the Red Sox and Orioles.
Pedroia won World Series titles with Boston in 2007 and 2013 but was not active for the 2018 championship.
Drafted in the second round of the 2004 draft, the 5-foot-9 California native quickly became a fan favorite after making his debut in 2006.
Pedroia hit .299/.365/.439 with 140 home runs and 725 RBIs in 1,512 games.
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