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Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox

Photograph By Bob DeChiara/US Presswire

Signed through 2014; team option in 2015

Any wonder fans in Boston love Dustin Pedroia? In his first two full seasons with the Red Sox, he was Rookie of the Year (2007) and Most Valuable Player (2008) as an undersized (5-foot-6, 165 pounds) but hard-nosed second baseman. Now indisputably one of the team's leaders, Pedroia was a bright spot (.290 with 15 home runs and 20 steals) in an otherwise dismal 2012 season in Boston.