Dustin Pedroia announces his retirement from baseball
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.