Boston Red Sox are drawing close to an announcement that will herald the signing of a new seven-year, $100m contract by Dustin Pedroia, according to mbl.com.
Pedroia has made it abundantly clear that despite the lucrative financial benefits, he wants to remain at the Red Sox because of his love for the club.
"The Red Sox drafted me. A lot of teams passed on me because of my size and stuff like that. It's pretty important. That's why I want to make sure I work as hard as I can to make sure that they made the right choice in drafting me and me being here my whole career," Pedroia commented.
"It's not official or anything, but this is my home. I love being here, I love my teammates, love this city. If it becomes that, I'll be pretty excited."
According to mbl.com the deal has been agreed by both sides and has been finalised completely subject to a medical today.
The 29-year-old is four years through a six-year contract that originally included an optional year in 2015. The new contract will of course overwrite that possibility and ensure that Pedroia gets his wish of seeing out the remainder of his career with the baseball giants.
"I just want to make sure I'm playing my last game here. That's important," he said. "It's the only thing I know. I love putting on the Red Sox uniform every day. Every game is important to me and my teammates. It's pretty special."
Pedroia, fresh from his fourth All-Star appearance last week, has been touted as a potential future captain for the Red Sox, and dismissed the possibility of him becoming complacent due to being handed a secure long-term contract.
He added: "My job is still to go out there and to try to help us win a game every day. I try to do all I can to make that happen."
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