AP Source: AL MVP Pedroia gets 6-year, $40.5M deal

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BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with AL Most Valuable Player Dustin Pedroia on a six-year contract worth $40.5 million, The Associated Press has learned.

Pedroia, who would not have been eligible for free agency until after the 2012 season, would remain with the Red Sox until 2014, with a club option for '15. A baseball official familiar with the contract described it to the AP on the condition of anonymity because it was not yet announced.

The deal was first reported by ESPN.com.

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 and also stole 20 bases to become the first AL second baseman to win the MVP award since Nellie Fox in 1959 with the Chicago White Sox.

Heading into his third year in the majors, the 5-foot-9 second baseman has already won the Rookie of the Year and MVP, along with a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger and a World Series ring. Now he also has a level of financial security rare for a player with such limited experience.

And limited height.

"I'm not the biggest guy in the world. I don't have that many tools. If you saw me walking down the street, you wouldn't think I'm a baseball player," he said after being selected as MVP. "I had to overcome a lot of things to prove people wrong, and so far I've done that."

Pedroia's everyman build and scrappy approach made him a fan favorite at Fenway Park in a Red Sox lineup depleted by the short- or long-term absences of more established sluggers like David Ortiz, Mike Lowell, J.D. Drew, and Manny Ramirez.