2B - FA - RET
Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia announced his retirement from baseball on Monday.
Pedroia has appeared in just nine games since the 2017 season came to an end, so this obviously doesn't come as a huge surprise. He'll still be paid in full for the final year of his contract, earning $12.125 million. The 37-year-old's career came to an end before he was mentally ready for it to, but it was an outstanding career nonetheless. The 2008 American League MVP also totaled four gold glove awards and made four All-Star teams. A three-time champion, he'll be remembered fondly by Red Sox fans. "Dustin came to represent the kind of grit, passion, and competitive drive that resonates with baseball fans everywhere and especially with Red Sox fans," owner John Henry wrote in a statement.
Dustin Pedroia, who has dealt with knee issues for the last few years, is "not planning a comeback and a resolution could come this month," according to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.
Pedroia is still under contract with the Red Sox through 2021, even though he's appeared in just nine games since the beginning of the 2018 season. There was a report late last year that Pedroia and the Red Sox were planning to meet to discuss a formal end to his playing career and it appears that could be coming very soon. He still on the 40-man roster and sooner or later Boston will need to make space. Abraham added that given Pedroia's legendary status with the organization that they'll want to handle this the right way and with all due respect.
Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke told reporters Tuesday that Dustin Pedroia (knee) is "still not a point where he's thinking about trying to be ready to come back and join us".
Pedroia has dealt with knee issues for several years now and has played in just nine major league games since the beginning of the 2018 season. The 36-year-old is under contract with Boston through 2021 but it appears likely that we have seen the last of him in the big leagues.
The Red Sox moved Dustin Pedroia to the 60-day injured list.
Pedroia has played in just nine games over the past two seasons. He reportedly suffered a "significant setback" in his knee last month and has not yet reported to spring training. It would seem unlikely that he every plays in the big leagues again.
Dustin Pedroia has reportedly suffered a “significant setback” with his injured left knee.
Pedroia had been progressing well but his availability for spring training is now in question. The 36-year-old has played in just nine games over the past two years. He is said to be discussing his options with his family, agent, and the Red Sox.