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    From $450k a year to $40.5M for 6 years

    Filed under: Dustin Pedroia, MLB; Tagged as: ,

    Only in pro sports….

    BOSTON (AP)—Dustin Pedroia has a Rookie of the Year award, an MVP, a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger and, of course, a World Series ring.

    And now he’s got the big-bucks contract befitting one of the most decorated young players in baseball.

    The Red Sox second baseman, who earned $457,000 last season while winning the AL Most Valuable Player award, agreed Wednesday to a $40.5 million, six-year contract that could keep in Boston through at least 2014.

    “I wanted to be here a long time,” Pedroia said at a Fenway Park news conference. “Hopefully in the next six years we can win some championships.”

    Heading into his third year in the majors, the 5-foot-9 second baseman has already joined Cal Ripken Jr. and Ryan Howard as the only players in baseball history to follow a rookie award with an MVP. Pedroia led the AL with 213 hits, 118 runs and 54 doubles while batting .326 with 17 home runs, 83 RBIs 20 stolen bases


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