"I'm very optimistic about what he's going to be," said Cherington. "If I was going to bet on one player in Major League Baseball, he'd certainly be in a very small group of guys I'd bet on. I think his ability to be productive playing through stuff is pretty remarkable. If he can get past the issues he's been fighting, which we think he will, I don't have any reason to think he's not going to be one of the very best second basemen in the game for a long time."
And even in his hampered state, Pedroia still found a way to help the Red Sox.
"Because he's been banged up, I don't think we've seen everything he's capable of doing on the field," Cherington said. "Now despite that, he's still been a very valuable player, including this year. In aggregate, he's clearly one of the better second basemen in the game. These injuries he's had, based on the information I have anyway, are not things that are chronic or lasting things. They are things he'll recover from."
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