FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox are hopeful Dustin Pedroia, having undergone multiple knee surgeries in the last three years, can return and be a productive player again in 2019.
But if he can't regain his status as a regular player, or worse, injures the knee again and can no longer play, the Red Sox will get no relief from the $40 million the infielder has due to him over the next three years.
Multiple industry sources say the Red Sox chose not to insure his contract when it was signed in July 2013.
Pedroia is due $15 million in 2019, $13 million in 2020 and $12 million in 2021 as part of his eight-year, $110-million contract. An undisclosed amount of the money due him is deferred.
Pedroia underwent surgery for a torn meniscus after the 2016 season, then had microfracture surgery in November of 2018 to restore cartilage to the knee joint. He returned in May of 2018 but after appearing in just three games, didn't play again. He underwent a third procedure last August -- an arthroscopic surgery to clean out scar tissue.
In the early days of the John Henry ownership era, the Sox often insured big contracts for veteran players. The team insured