Former Greenjacket Signs Big Dollar Deal

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Wednesday Dec. 3, 2008
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with Dustin Pedroia on a six-year contract worth $40.5 million.

The 2007 American League rookie of the year and 2008 AL MVP would not have been eligible for free agency until after the 2012 season. Now, he's tied to the Red Sox until 2014, with the club holding an option for 2015.

The 25-year-old Pedroia led the AL in hits, runs and doubles in helping the Red Sox win a wild-card berth. He batted .326 with 17 home runs and 83 RBIs. He also stole 20 bases in becoming the first AL second baseman to win the Most Valuable Player award since Nellie Fox in 1959 with the Chicago White Sox.

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