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Dustin Pedroia ‘not sure’ he will be able to play again

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Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, manager Alex Cora, and second baseman Dustin Pedroia addressed the media on Monday afternoon. Pedroia, who has been rehabilitating his surgically-repaired left knee, said that he is “not sure” he will ever be able to play baseball again, MLB.com’s Ian Browne reports.

Pedroia said, “I’m at a point right now where I need some time. That’s what my status is.” He added, “Some days, I feel fine, and an hour later, walking is tough. If I’m on an hour-to-hour basis of being able to do anything athletically, that’s tough. I think the time will give me the right answer of if I can do this.”

According to Browne, Pedroia will remain with the team through this weekend’s series in New York against the Yankees, then he will return home to spend some time with his family. Presumably, he will be contemplating retirement.

Pedroia, 35, played in only three games last year and appeared in just six games this year, accruing just three hits (all singles) in 34 plate appearances. While Pedroia has been out, Michael Chavis has handled second base and emerged as one of the most productive players on the Red Sox.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.