After more than three years of trying to come back from debilitating pain in his left knee, the 37-year-old Pedroia walked away from baseball while he could still walk and announced his retirement Monday.
“Every day I woke up looking to find a way to help our team win a baseball game,” Pedroia said. “I got to do it in front of the best fans in the best city.”
The Red Sox remain responsible for the $12 million remaining on Pedroia’s contract, and its $13.3 million average annual value against their luxury-tax payroll. He is now off the 40-man roster.