Salvador Perez isn’t moving away from Kansas City anytime soon, according to Rustin Dodd of The Athletic (subscription required). Dodd explains that the Royals have a price set for the catcher that is “so exorbitant that no team would meet it,” though a specific number has yet to be divulged.
Perez wrapped his eighth season in the Royals’ organization this fall, during which he matched previous career-high totals of 27 home runs and 80 RBI while batting at a much lower clip than ever before (.235/.274/.439 across 544 PA). Despite seeing lackluster results over the first half of the season — which somehow didn’t prevent him from earning his sixth straight All-Star nod — and battling through a left knee sprain and ligament damage in his left thumb, there would appear to be no shortage of interested teams should the Royals ever reverse their decision and choose to cash in one of their hottest trade chips for a handful of prospects.
For the time being, however, the team won’t solicit trade offers on the 28-year-old slugger. Perez is slated to remain with Kansas City through the 2021 season and will collect another $36 million on his contract before entering free agency in 2022. While the door is temporarily closed on any potential deal for the World Series champ, Dodd adds that the Royals might still listen on second baseman Whit Merrifield, who raked in a league-leading 192 hits and 45 stolen bases during his third campaign with the team and will stay under club control through 2022.
Welp, that didn’t last long. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is going back on the injured list with more knee issues. If it matters the Sox say it’s not a big deal and they expect him back sooner rather than later, but they also said that his post-2017 knee surgery was just a “cleanup” at first and that basically cost him a year. So.
Pedroia has played in six games and is 2-for-20 with a walk.
I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that Pedroia’s career may be nearing an end. Sure, he’s under contract for two more years after this season, but he’s also in a unfortunate spiral that so many players experience in their mid-to-late 30s.
Running a website like this makes it all the clearer, actually. When you search a player’s name in our CMS, you get every post in which he appears in reverse chronological order. Just about every long-tenured player ends with about six posts in which he is alternately placed on and activated from the disabled/injured list. Then an offseason link to a big feature in which he’s written about as being “at a crossroads” followed by something vague about “resuming baseball activities” and then, inevitably, the retirement announcement. I can’t count the number of guys whose careers I can tick off in that way by browsing the guts of this site.
I hope that’s not the case for Pedroia. I hope that there’s a “Pedroia wins Comeback Player of the Year” post in the future. Or at the very least a silly “Miller’s Crossing” reference in an “And that Happened” in which I say “the old man’s still an artist with the Thompson” after he peppers the ball around in some 3-for-4, two-double game. I want that stuff to happen.
It’s just that, if you watch this game long enough, you realize how unlikely that is once a player starts to break down.