According to a senior team official, the Red Sox are discussing a multiyear contract extension with Dustin Pedroia that would make him the highest-paid second baseman in the game.
Pedroia, who turns 30 next month, agreed to a six-year contract in 2008. He is under contract for $10 million in 2014 with the team holding an $11 million option for 2015.
The new deal is expected to be for five or six seasons with an average annual value of $20 million. The Red Sox would prefer the new deal to start in 2015 or 2016. Pedroia’s agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, are negotiating for the extension to replace the remaining full seasons left on Pedroia’s current contract.
Pedroia, who went 1 for 4 in the Sox’ 4-2 win over the Yankees, said his focus was on baseball, not negotiations.
“I just leave my agents and the Red Sox to deal with that,” Pedroia said. “My job is to come in here and play baseball, try to help us win games.”
The negotiations were first reported by Yahoo! Sports.
Pedroia is a four-time All-Star. Over eight seasons, he has hit .304 with an .832 OPS. He went into Friday night’s game against the Yankees hitting .316 with a .396 OBP this year. His 57 runs are second on the team.
On Thursday, principal owner John Henry said he was opposed to long-term deals unless they were to retain players developed by the organization.
With Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano headed to free agency and expected to command a deal worth $200 million, the Red Sox could benefit by striking a deal with Pedroia earlier.
When he considered how long he’s been in Boston and the roots he and his family have here, Pedroia seemed hopeful about securing a long-term deal.
“That’s great to think about,” Pedroia said. “This is all I know. So if it got to that point, great.”
The examination Clay Buchholz underwent Friday to address the soreness that resurfaced in his right shoulder during throwing sessions before the All-Star break showed no further damage, said manager John Farrell, who described the exam as “benign.”
Buchholz, who has been on the disabled list since June 18 (retroactive to June 9), has been trying to work himself back to the mound, throwing long toss on flat ground from different distances over the past month.
He didn’t pick up a ball over the All-Star break, throwing for the first time Friday as the Red Sox prepared for the Yankees.
“He went out and played catch out to 90 feet today, he felt free and easy,” Farrell said. “Didn’t feel like he did in Oakland. So that’s today’s latest on him.”
Buchholz experienced his most recent setback near the end of the Sox’ West Coast trip before the break, when he felt soreness after throwing consecutive days in Seattle and Oakland.
“It felt better today than it did the other day in Oakland,” Buchholz said.
“To me, it feels better as the day goes on, my body feels better, the blood’s flowing and everything. To be able to throw again tomorrow, probably the same distance maybe a little more intensity and then go from there.”
Buchholz said he will throw from 90 feet Saturday. If Buchholz’s progress remains stagnant, general manager Ben Cherington said Buchholz could seek a second opinion.
“As much as we want him out there, we’ve just got to continue to be patient and listen to what he’s saying,” Cherington said. “He may get another opinion just to try to gather any more information we can just to put his mind at ease about what’s going on.”
Workman, for now
As it stands, Farrell said he would go with Brandon Workman as the fifth starter, setting him up to face Tampa Bay on Tuesday. But if Workman sees extended action out of the bullpen over the weekend, that could change.
“It’s Workman right now, depending on if he is used over the next couple of nights,” Farrell said. “If he were pressed into duty tomorrow, it would be dependent on how much he throws, then we would look at the other options available to us.”
Among those options are Steven Wright and Rubby De La Rosa.
Victorino exits early
Shane Victorino left after the third inning with left hamstring tightness after grounding into a double play. He was replaced in right field by Daniel Nava. Victorino previously was on the disabled list in May with hamstring issues, costing him 17 games. He did strength tests after the game and checked out fine, said Farrell, who called Victorino “day to day,” adding that he would be checked again before making a decision on Saturday’s lineup . . . After undergoing an exam Friday morning, righthander Alex Wilson threw for the first time since being on the disabled list since July 9 with a sprained right thumb. “Everything seemed to be calming down and healing as anticipated,” Farrell said. “The real test will be when he builds back up to get on the mound.”. . . Andrew Miller underwent season-ending surgery on his left foot on Monday and is in what Farrell described as a “non-weight-bearing situation.” “It’s just kind of a prolonged rehab for him,” Farrell said. Miller was spotted making his way to the ballpark Friday using a walking aid. “I can’t do much, but I’ll be at the game,” he said. “It’ll be good to see everybody” . . . Stephen Drew played the second game of his rehab assignment with Double A Portland, starting at shortstop after serving as designated hitter Thursday. He went 1 for 3 and is 2 for 7 in two games. He is expected to return to the Red Sox for Saturday’s game . . . In a hat tip to the Yankees for their support after the Marathon bombings in April, the Red Sox played “New York, New York” over the public address system.Peter Abraham can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe. Julian Benbow can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.