How Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia are handling second baseman's situation

Rob Bradford
November 19, 2019 - 10:49 am

New Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom and general manager Brian O'Halloran ventured over from the Omni Scottsdale to Dustin Pedroia's nearby Arizona home Thursday. An approach was reinforced.

The two Red Sox' executives offered their initial view of Pedroia's status heading into the 2020 season, with Bloom saying there is "every indication" the second baseman will be in a position to contribute in the coming season after managing just nine games in 2019 due to continued left knee issues.

In his appearance on the Bradfo Sho podcast the following day Pedroia explained where exactly his body and mind were at when it came to making another run at returning. In the conversation, the 36-year-old also explained how the organization and player will be proceeding when it comes to counting on Pedroia's presence.

"I’ve been around long enough so that I’m close with everybody in our organization," Pedroia said. "They know what I’ve gone through. They know everything about me. We’re always in touch. Part of roster-building … I’ve never had any say in any of that. Obviously, that’s their job. Right now my job is to try and get healthy and try and help us. Obviously, if I’m 100 percent and I can play baseball, I’ll be alright. But if it’s like last year and I’m trying to go out there with bones sticking out of the side of my knee and all that, yeah we should probably make an adjustment."

Pedroia -- who is owed $13 million in 2020 and $12 million in the final year of his current deal the following season -- has experienced some recent optimism, with his weakened left leg making great strides. As he explained it, the left quad muscle -- which is vital to support his surgically-repaired knee -- is now at 60 percent the strength of his right one, which is a far cry from a few months ago.

"Right now I’m in a better place physically than when I was trying to play," he said. "One hundred percent.

"I’m 40 percent stronger than I was last year. I was trying to play with a leg that looked like my 10-year-old."