CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 27: Billy Butler #16 of the Kansas City Royals stands on the field during the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on September 27, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Royals defeated the White Sox 6-1. (Photo by Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images)
Pedroia, 34, had cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in late October. He played in only 105 games last season, batting .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBI in 463 plate appearances. His offensive stats were his worst since an abnormally-bad 2014 campaign.
The 34-15 Red Sox have baseball’s best record. Eduardo Nunez has mostly been handling second base in Pedroia’s place, hitting a disappointing .243/.261/.361 in 177 trips to the plate. He has also, by most metrics, played subpar defense at the position, so getting Pedroia back will be a boon.